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Ricky Sibiya tosses soccer boots for dugout seat

Noel Munzabwa

FORMER Chapungu and Highlanders wingback Ricky Sibiya has returned to the game that gave him fame and glory a�� albeit in the dugout a�� exactly two years after being frustrated out and turning his back on the game.

After being frustrated by his last club Bad Boys, the Bulawayo-born star walked away from football after going for several months without pay, preferring to consider a hand in business that has since earned him a modest living.

However, despite the frustrations football gave him, he has stubbornly refused to die forcing a revisit and decision to take up coaching.

a�?My last dance with the game ended in frustration. Bad Boys made me hate football so much that I never wished to be involved with the sport ever again. We would go for months without pay. Imagine that I had children to feed.

a�?I had to concentrate on a small business to feed my family and at first it was not easy but with the support of a few friends it took shape and now I can sustain the familya��s needs.

a�?Once a football person the sport remains in you so I have had to reconsider and have taken up coaching at the lower levels for now and I will rise up through the structures. I will enrol for the next Caf C Licence when it is conducted,a�? said Sibiya.

It will seem non-payment of salaries is a perennial cancer which eventually warranted Fifa to enact a policy that allows players to be declared free agents if the clubs fail to pay salaries for a minimum of three consecutive months.

In Eswatini, a Zimbabwe playersa�� duo of Tawana Chikore and Talent Maphosa and coaching duo of Hebert Maruwa and Ikarbot Masocha walked away from their respective clubs last season with Saul Chaminuka still owed by Matsapha United.

Having risen through the Enerst Maphepha Sibanda-run Phinda Mzala in Bulawayo, Sibiya joined Chapungu in 2002 before joining Highlanders in 2006 winning the Premier Soccer League title under Methembe Ndlovu.

After seeing through his three-year contract he then moved to Eswatini joining the then Phillip Mbofana-coached Eleven Men in Flight.

Sibiya has also played for Manzini Wanderers, Red Lions and Bad Boys.