Best of the Best -Noel Cele

Noel Cele is one of the Highlanders players that managed to play for all junior national teams in the country from the Under 17s, Under-20s and Under-23s. He will be remembered by many for the 1996 Cosafa Youth Cup, played in Botswana. Cele played one of his best games ever during that short tournament. He also played well for the Highlanders team. He shares with us his Best of the Best.

My Best Coach

Former Highlanders great, Madinda Ndlovu. He is the coach who introduced me to the first team and managed to play me alongside my football icon, Benjamin Nkonjera in 1996.

My Most Memorable Game

It was against Caps United in a league game in 1996 and we managed to stop their run of 18 unbeaten games. We won 2-1 through the goals from Benjamin Nkonjera and Gift Lunga sr.

My Best Stadium

It is definitely Barbourfields Stadium, where we enjoyed a lot of football memories and the support, especially from the Soweto stand, was always electrifying.

My Best Ever Zim Player

The former Highlanders, Coventry City and national team striker, Peter Ndlovu. He is a legend in Zimbabwean football. He was a complete striker with speed, skill, accuracy and determination. That earned him the nick name “The Bulawayo Bullet”.

My Best Opponent

It was Dynamos defender Kaitano Tembo, who was always a hard marker and played rough. He gave me sleepless nights whenever we were to play them.

My Best Striking Partner

Kelvin Kaindu. We were unstoppable and our combination was out of this world.

My Best Team

There are many, but the national Under-23 squad, which lost 2-1 against Zambia in the Cosafa Cup final hosted in Botswana in 1996 was the best of all. The Lovemore Nyabeza and Barry Daka-led team got their consolation goal through Fungai Kwashi and I scored the first goal in the tournament against Namibia in a 2-2 draw. The other was scored by Nqobizitha Ncube.

My Best Highlanders 11

Amon Chimbalanga, Abraham Mbambo, Gift Lunga Jr, Dazzy Kapenya, Melusi Ndebele, Thulani Ncube, Aram Tshuma, Lovemore Ncube, Benjamin Nkonjera, Noel Cele, Simba Rusike. Coach: Madinda Ndlovu, assisted by Rahman Gumbo

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