AFTER a legendary show for Mbabane Swallows from 2007 to 2009, Zimbabwe-born footballer, Stanford Collymore Ncube considered a citizenship switch but a recurrent dead muscle dashed any hopes for caps for Eswatini’s Sihlangu.
Featuring on Eswatini TV’s soccer magazine show Libhola Letfu under the Swazi football legends section, Ncube revealed that he had decided to take up Eswatini citizenship to be eligible to play for Sihlangu after being ignored by the Warriors.
Having played himself to several personal accolades including 2007/ 08 MTN Premier League of Eswatini Player of the Year, golden boot to add to team accolades, many felt he could add value to Sihlangu.
“The idea was proposed by the late Mbabane Swallows boss Victor Gamedze and I was happy that I finally had a country that saw value in me and wanted me to play for them after being ignored by my own country and the process to naturalise me began.
“Unfortunately I suffered a dead muscle which required surgery but unfortunately when surgery was due I had already left for my off-season break in Zimbabwe and upon my return for the new season the club could not commit to have it done during the season.
“Out of that standoff I left to join Manzini Wanderers under Nyanga Hlophe. A club member funded the medical requirements but still I could not recover fully to give them their return through game time then I tried my luck at Green Mamba,” said Ncube.
Ncube had tried his luck at Manzini Sundowns featuring as a guest player in the series of international friendlies against South Africa soccer giants Mamelodi Sundowns who still had Nyasha Mushekwi in their ranks.
The nightmare of his stay at Mamba coincided with the Caf Champions League tie against FC Platinum which Ncube described as a nightmare but it was at Sea Birds that the Mzilikazi boy gave in after just six months into his year-long deal.
“At 28 I just didn’t want to accept that my career was over and still wanted to be fit again and play for Sihlangu but there came a time when I had no option but accept that my career was over and quit playing.
“I carry no regrets with how my career ended and as a player I took satisfaction from the fact that I had made some people happy. I am one person who didn’t want to talk too much, I preferred to let my performance speak for me. I talked using good football on the field of play,” added Ncube.