THERE is good talk around town in Hwange with the return of the fancied playmaker Malvern Longwe to Hwange FC.
As the team prepares for the competitive Division One league, there is no better hope of a quick bounce to the Premiership than with Longwe in the middle of the park.
Longwe was once the darling of the local football scene owing to his unmatched ball control, ability to string goal bound passes and win games.
When he abandoned the game, his life slumped as the player was now a regular patron at local beer joints.
At the time, he lost friends and the trust of coaches and fans that had wishes for a bright future for him.
But, after a series of consultations with Hwange gaffer Nation Dube, the player reformed.
B-Metro Sport has it on good authority that Longwe’s change of mind was in part inspired by Dube’s return to the team.
For the coach, rehabilitating Longwe is a job well done. Dube revealed recently that he was closely helping Longwe to regain his style and show the world what he is made of.
“He is going to make it again in football I can assure you of that. We are having him in training sessions and it’s a sign that he is willing to make a lasting impression,” said Dube.
Longwe will put on the black and gold Hwange jersey where he will play alongside former Highlanders skipper Felix Chindungwe.
Both players will aid Chipangano who also boast of a number of players from its junior policy programme.
When Dube started work, most players had decided to leave, probably ashamed of playing in Division One.
Dube, assisted by long serving Hwange faithful Brian Njobvu had to start from scratch.
Calling on Longwe and local players from the junior policy programme is seen as a step in the right direction.