Where are they now?

The economic meltdown cut short Zazini Siso’s career as a footballer, but the former Chapungu utility man is now doing well as a players’ agent here.

Siso - giving back to soccer administratively.
Siso – giving back to soccer administratively.

Siso (30), who left the “world’s most beautiful game” six years ago, is accredited with world football governing body, FIFA.

He believes that is the only way he can make up for the playing time he lost when he pulled the plug on his playing career.

“I now help players to reach their potential, something I did not do myself for circumstances beyond my control,” he said.

“I work hard because I know this is a way of uplifting the standard of the game back home. It is very challenging. Rules keep tightening up in favour of indigenous players in different domestic leagues, making it difficult for our players to break into foreign leagues without connections. Agents are needed to provide the link.”

He hopes to add more players to the few he has as his clients. “We have very few players in European leagues and that is where I am concentrating my efforts.” He emphasised the need for patience in players.

“There is no shortcut in soccer. You work hard and you will be rewarded in due time,” said the Civil Engineering certificate holder. “ZIFA can help by conducting football development clinics. They have tomake sure that each community has a proper football structure where youths talk, live and eat soccer,” he added.

He still mourns his former mentor, Benjamin Moyo, who mysteriously drowned in a swimming pool in Zvishavane last April. He was coach of F.C Platinum.

“He was good man and I don’t know why God chose to take him when we needed him most.”

A product of the Peter Ndlovu junior tournament, Siso, was born in Hwange and began his professional career with Zimbabwe Saints aged 18 years. He also featured for Hwange, where he worked with Paul Moyo, father to the late Benjamin.

He then moved to Chapungu a few seasons later and played there till he quit in 2006. Among his individual honours was the Player’s player of the year and Most promising player Award at Zimbabwe Saints the Most dedicated player’s award he repeatedly won at Chapungu. He also played all junior national teams.

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