Stanford Collymore Ncube

Stanford Collymore making his mark in Swaziland

Noel Munzabwa

ZIMBABWE football is monitoring several soccer talent born to the countrya��s citizens dotted around the globe thanks to globalisation (global village) and Eswatini has also come under the radar.

Probably in six to 10 years time a 10-year-old boy firmly focusing on the game, thanks to former Njube Sundowns diminutive midfielder Stanford Collymore Ncube will arrive on the scene.

When Ncube arrived in Eswatini 12 years ago from now defunct Njube Sundowns to join Mbabane Highlanders after snubbing the home countrya��s Highlanders, he probably had a few clothing, training kits and his boots with no other extra a�?baggagea�?.

A dozen years later, retired from playing the game that gave him prominence, Ncube is now a family man after winning scores of gold medals and most importantly is now shaping a future for Collymore junior his 10 year old son.

Just after bagging his first complement of medals, 1 July 2008 to be precise, Ncube was blessed with a golden boy he christened Collymore Ncube and little did he know the little boy would turn himself into a continuation of the marvellous soccer talent that had many teams chasing after his signature.

In a country serious about junior football development, the senior Ncube who recently acquired an academic qualification in Project Management, is carving up a project after bringing together a group of toddlers and one of those is his own son and the team is called Lokshin Young Heroes.

a�?It all started as a joke when my boy would ask me to buy soccer balls and boots but later realised he was serious about growing within the game and mature into a great player and this then gave birth to the Lokshin Young Heroes.

a�?This is a project which I told myself I should focus on partially because I recently did Project Management, so I have chosen to drive it into a project and who knows, in future this will produce world class soccer players,a�? said Ncube.

At 10 the young lad is already a member of the school soccer team as a midfielder, a position that soundly won his father votes to land himself among the countrya��s finest then.

Ncube (senior) has played for Mbabane Highlanders, Mbabane Swallows, Manzini Wanderers, Green Mamba, Sea Birds and Moneni Pirates in Eswatini after cutting the soccer teeth at Njube Sundowns under the late Joshua Mizha.