By Brian Nkiwane
FORMER Railstars defender Zimiseleni Moyo who plies his trade in Zambia has challenged Warriors head coach Rahman Gumbo to consider him for a place in the Warriors setup.
Moyo, who watched Zimbabwe’s development team of locally-based players play Chipolopolo in Ndola two weeks ago, said nets should be cast wider in selecting national team players.
Moyo, a revelation at Zambia’s Zesco United, feels that it is high time he got a chance to help his country achieve something.
“I have been here for a long time. My friend, I cannot describe the atmosphere that gripped this country when Chipolopolo won the Africa Cup of Nations. I told myself that one day it has to be me, doing it for Zimbabwe,” Moyo said.
His head coach at Zesco United, Wedson Nyirenda said Moyo was an enterprising left back in Zambia and that they had always wondered why successive Zimbabwe national team coaches were not utilising his talent.
“He might be in the running for a number of awards here in Zambia. He is rated as the most enterprising left back in this country. It is actually surprising us why Zimbabwe ignores him for selection,” Nyirenda said.
Born on May 25 1985, Moyo grew up in Bulawayo. He went to Bababeni Primary School before proceeding to Pumula High school for his secondary education.
“I come from a football family but all my brothers failed to make a breakthrough into the top flight league,” he added.
Moyo started his football career with East Rovers Under-13 before moving to Railstars Juniors at the age of 18 where he played alongside Nqobile Sibanda and their captain Blessing Marabha.
“I was then promoted to the senior team in the 2005-2006 season where I played alongside Innocent Mapuranga (now Highlanders captain), but unfortunately the team got relegated.”
Moyo then moved to Harare where he joined Motor Action.
“I only trained with Motor Action and never played any competitive match. I only stayed there for less than two months.”
However, like all professions in this country, his football career was affected by the economic meltdown.
“I was forced to join the great track to South Africa in search of the elusive rand together with Highlanders player Peter “Rio” Moyo. We found work at a construction company since 2006,” he said.
During weekends the boys would play five aside matches just to keep themselves fit.
“That is when I was spotted by former Zambian player Mwenga Chipepo who then recommended me to Zesco United where I am playing today,” he said.
“When I arrived here in 2010, it did not take time for me to snatch the leftback position which I have made my personal possession from then until now. I am really enjoying my football a Zesco United and other players and the technical teams are always giving me support.”
Moyo went on to speak about the way national team coaches tend to ignore some of them.
“It has been a norm that coaches usually turn to players based in Europe, South Africa and these days players from Botswana are also being considered. Can the technical team give other players a chance to prove themselves,” Moyo said.