While all the focus was on his team mounting a serious challenge for the league title, the Highlanders utility player flew out to the United States to begin a two-year scholarship with Cushing Academy, one of that country’s most famous academies.
With Zimbabwe’s football awash with players wallowing in poverty after failing to prepare properly, Mpofu did not want to be another statistic.
“I applied for the scholarship and will study until 2014 and maybe try to get to university, just to keep my life intact after my football career. I am studying Sciences,” he said recently.
Mpofu, who excelled at both Ordinary and Advanced Level studies at Bulawayo’s St Columbus, said he had settled well at his new base.
“The facilities here are great and I hope to use this opportunity to step up my game. The level of football is competitive as well. The school is diverse with people from across the world,” said Mpofu, who has been at the Massachusetts-based academy since late August.
Hailed as a bright prospect, he has previously starred for the country junior football teams and captained Zimbabwe at the 2010 Youth Olympic Football Tournament, where the country finished fifth. His performances in that competition and successful stints with the Highlanders junior side saw him promoted to the first team at the start of this season.
He joins a long list of former Bosso players that have earned scholarships in the United States, among them, Methembe Ndlovu, Thulani Ncube, Thabani Moyo and Mkhokheli DubePost published in: Football