Where are they now? Moses Sithole

Moses Sithole played briefly for Dynamos before fate took his football direction to another level. He had joined the Harare giants as a 14-year-old in 1988.

“While playing for the Dynamos juniors, I also used to steal time and play for other Mbare-based lower division sides like Harare City and Lobels because player licenses had not been introduced back then,” said the 44-year-old former DeMbare player. “I used to play as a midfield destroyer, but I considered myself to be a utility player. At both Dynamos and school my teammates included Chamu Musanhu, Tichaona Diya, Masimba Mbuwa (now late) and Nkululeko Dhlamini and that made easier for me at club level because I was always playing with familiar faces,” he said.

Three years after he had joined, Sithole graduated to the Dynamos reserve side and when some senior players went on a revolt before a game in 1991, the club’s executive chairman, Jackonia Nhekairo, called for the introduction of juniors. The team also faced a boardroom battle over executive positions and club ownership.

“The striking senior players included Eddie and Garnet Muchongwe, Lloyd Katsvere, Angirayi Chapo and Gift Mpariwa, so that quickly opened the doors for us to play in the then Super league, under Coach Francis Nhema,” said Sithole.

“My debut match was against Black aces at Rufaro and we drew that one 2-2, before we went on to lose to Highlanders 2-1 at Barbourfields Stadium in the following game.

“The next game was a 2-2 draw with Darryn Tornados, before ZIFA stepped in and stopped all Dynamos matches until the squabble between Nhekairo and a parallel executive led by former chairman, Morrison Sifelani, was resolved.”

Sensing that his football career was heading for a downward spiral, Sithole immediately moved to lower division side, Cosco, in Marondera. Sifelani took control of Dynamos towards the end of that season, but before he could consider a return to Dynamos, he suffered a horrendous groin injury.

“I remained on the side lines till 1996 and only made a short comeback when I played for an Mbare select side in 1996 in the ZIFA castle cup,” said the former player. “We had eliminated UZ and Screenton to get a first round proper entry, where we went on to beat Acadia 1-0 and drew the then flamboyant and famous Blackpool in the second round. We beat them 2-1 and held Caps United to a 0-0 draw in the first match, but massively lost 5-0 in the replay.”

Sithole played alongside Regis Regis, Alois Yohane, Stanley Zuda and Elwyn Mushangazhike at the select side, who all went on to become household names in the local PSL.

“I was already employed by the Harare City Council and work commitment kept me tied up. I failed to make the move when Blackpool later wanted to sign me because I prioritised my work over football, which was still a part-time occupation back then,” he added.

Sithole also played for the Zimbabwe national Under-17 team in 1990, alongside the likes of Bruce Masora, Shingi Twaliki, Blessing Makunike, Ralph Kawondera, under the guidance of Sunday Marimo (now Chidzambga).

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