A tear for the Mighty Bulls

On October 26, Zimbabwean football was in mourning after the once-colourful Motor Action, the 2010 football champions, were relegated from the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

Eric Rosen
Eric Rosen

The final nail in their coffin was hit by Black Rhinos, who inflicted on the Mighty Bulls a 2-0 loss, devastating thousands of soccer fans who were eager to see the Eric Rosen-owned side remain in the Premiership for at least another season.

Shed a tear for this once-powerful side; for their loyal supporters who held their breath even to their side’s last gasp; shed a tear for directors Eric and Lizzy Rosen, who gave so much to football, for gone too is Lizzy’s familiar voice from the stands, “Come on Motor Action.”

In times of crisis, Eric and Lizzy sacrificed a lot of their personal financial resources to ensure the team continued to play in the Premiership. The returns from Premiership football are not even a quarter of what one invests into the game.

It should be noted that the Mighty Bulls were and are the only individually-owned team in Zimbabwean football to have their own stadium, they have a club house of their own and two minibuses at a time when Dynamos and Highlanders rely on council facilities, despite their trail of success and huge following.

Simioni Jamanda will not go down with the team as he has been appointed the Zimbabwe Football Association’s Supporters Liaison Officer, but he too will not forget those good days Motor Action gave to Zimbabwean football.

Current national team captain Masimba Mambare has his roots at the Mighty Bulls, who have also rolled out two soccer stars of the year, Clement Matawu and Charles Sibanda. Their other stars from the club are commanding goalkeeper Marlon Jani, Kuda Musharu and Louis Matawu.

Motor Action were founded in 2000 when Rosen bought the franchise of Blackpool Football Club. They won the Banc ABC Sup8r in 2011, after they had lifted the Independence Trophy in 2005. After winning the 2010 league championship, they got the honour of representing Zimbabwe in the Caf Champions League.

We only hope that one day Motor Action will be back in the Premiership, for it would be tragic were they to suffer the same death that befell Lengthens, Douglas Warriors, Darryn T, Amazulu and recently, Shooting Stars.

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