Where are they now?

Soccer runs in the blood for former Highlanders striking sensation, Netsai ‘Super’ Moyo (48). The former winger is involved with Grassroots Soccer, a sports development and social awareness programme that has a presence across the country.

Netsai ‘Super’ Moyo
Netsai ‘Super’ Moyo

Moyo, who was part of a Highlanders trophy haul in his 1982-95 career, has since 2010 also been involved with a Non-Governmental Organisation – People’s Voluntarily Organisation (PVO), teaching youngsters life skills through the game.

Having joined Highlanders at the age of 12, the then lanky Moyo helped them Moyo was part of the machine that swept silverware across the country in the 1980s, scoring a lot of important goals.

He was capped at U-20 level and came close to a dream move to Aberdeen of Scotland, but an injury put paid to that, costing him his otherwise brilliant career. “Injuries cut my career short. At some point I was loaned out to Shu-Shine and Red Seal to recover, but it did not work out” he told Where Are They Now?

Among the many accolades he won with Bosso was the BAT Rosebowl, Chibuku Trophy, Rothmans Shield, Heroes Shield, Independence Cup and the Natbrew Castle Cup. He played alongside other greats like Douglas Mloyi, Madinda Ndlovu, Willard Khumalo, Tito Paketh, Thoko Sithole, Peter Nkomo, the late Mercedes Sibanda, Alexander Maseko and Tutani Moyo. After retirement, he worked as a Post Office Manager in Matabeleland North, but rarely misses a Bosso game.

The development of youngsters in his priority now and he does that with Grassroots, which has offices across the world.

“I am in love with youngsters. I want to see them reach a higher stage than me, but having seen a somewhat bleak future for them, I decided to volunteer and help build these future stars,” he said.

“I spend most of my time with youth, travelling between provinces. Football runs in my blood and I want to see soccer developed because that is where the future lies.”

With politics affecting the sport a lot, funds being siphoned and match-fixing scandals taking their toll, Moyo emphasises the need to rope in former greats in developmental issues of the sport. “Our sport, especially soccer, is dead people with a sporting background, who are passionate about sports should be used if we are to succeed. We must rise up in numbers to stop corruption, as it kills the future of youngsters,” he urged.

Moyo’s responsibilities include assisting in planning and implementing youth-targeted HIV prevention programs, networking with community-based organisations to develop relationships and promote GRS programs and services, the planning and coordination of community events such as Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) soccer tournaments.

“I gain valuable field and work experience in international health, HIV and AIDS prevention, and Youth Development through Sports. Most importantly, I develop meaningful, long-term relationships with communities to help build local capacity and ownership over GRS Programs,” he added.

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