Raymond Jaravaza/ Fungai Muderere
DREADLOCKED players have no place at Bulawayo City Football Club if word that former Warriors and Highlanders captain Gilbert Banda was instructed to shave his head by coach Philani “Beefy” Ncube or stay away is anything to go by.
The veteran central defender seems to have preferred to join the unemployment train instead of shaving his famed dreadlocks at the instruction of newly promoted side Bulawayo City coach Ncube to join the club.
Banda has been trying his luck together with a host of players at the municipality owned team and it seems having been impressed by the central defender, Ncube had one last requirement for the player.
Cut your dreadlocks!
Ironically, Ncube coached Banda at How Mine in 2014 before the gaffer was sacked by the gold miners following a string of poor results.
“I decided it was in the interest of both parties to part ways after a misunderstanding with the coach,” said Banda.
Pressed if the fallout was as a result of an instruction by Ncube to cut his locks Banda said:
“He did ask me to cut my dreadlocks and I did not agree to that. But the reason why I did not impress the technical team can be best explained by the coach,” he said.
Maybe that explains why former Chicken Inn player Thomas Chimenya, known for sporting his signature dreadlocks while contracted to the Gamecocks, suddenly appeared at Barbourfields playing for Bulawayo City FC in the recently held four-team Bulawayo Football Festival tournament with a clean shaven head.
“Who told you that, is it Gilbert? Phone him first and he will tell you what happened. I do not know what you are talking about. Talk to your so-called sources, those same people you got the story from,” a fuming Ncube said when asked for his comment.
On Sunday after the Bulawayo Football Festival, Ncube told this publication that Banda had failed to impress the technical team.
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