Raymond Jaravaza/Nkosilodumo Ndebele
HE was just 15 years, four months and 14 days when he waltzed into the soccer scene!
Meet the Sizane High School pupil who broke the record for the youngest player to make his debut in the elite Premier Soccer League.
Fifteen-year-old Sibusiso Moyo – a Bantu Rovers youngster – will be recorded in the same history pages graced by the great Peter Ndlovu who at the tender age of 16 donned the famous black and white of Highlanders in 1988.
It took more than more 19 years, ironically, for Highlanders to be the opponents in a match that Nsukuzonke’s record, as Ndlovu is affectionately known, was to be broken.
The Bantu Rovers coach Methembe Ndlovu was quite daring to field a Form 2 pupil against local giants Highlanders, some football analysts observed.
The stage was Barbourfields Stadium on 28 September 2017 that Highlanders players found themselves tussling for ball possession with a 15-year-old.
Born on 14 May 2002, the young ‘Sbura’ Moyo assured his coach Ndlovu on that hot September afternoon that he was ready to dance with the big boys.
And Ndlovu obliged.
Coming in as a second half substitute while the match was deadlocked at nil-all the youngster held his nerves playing against seasoned players in the mould of Ralph Matema and Allan Gahadzikwa.
“While still on the bench I assured my coach (Ndlovu) that I was ready to play. He told me go into the pitch and enjoy the game and not put myself under pressure.
“It was great playing my first match in the Premier Soccer League especially playing against Highlanders and I enjoyed every minute,” the youngster who enjoys Mathematics at school told B-Metro Sport.
How did the young Moyo get hooked into the game of football?
“My first pair of boots was bought by my elder brother when I was 10 years old while playing for a primary school team in South Africa and I have never looked back,” he said.
Bantu Rovers may have been relegated from the Premiership but Moyo doesn’t see it as a setback to his budding career.
But when all the football business is said and done, Moyo still aspires to do well at school.
“I love football and would want to pursue a career in the game but my education will not take a back seat. I have to learn to balance the two. I hope to study Sciences at ‘A’ Level and take it from there,” said Moyo.
The young footballer is motivated to do well by the support of his parents and siblings.