BY FORTUNE MBELE
Chidzambwa is the team’s coach exclusively for this tournament, in a bizarre arrangement by Zifa, which also saw Rahman Gumbo appointed Warriors coach for the African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament.
The midfielder, who turned 20 in January, has attributed his sterling performance in the league this far, to hard work and the assistance he gets from his coaches and teammates.
“This is a big opportunity for me. I would like to thank the Bantu Rovers’ family, the players and my coaches because without them the Warriors’ coach (Chidzambwa) would have not selected me. This is a chance for me to go and learn. There are a lot of things that I have to improve on as a player,” Sibanda said.
He says he wants to follow in the footsteps of such international stars as Marvelous Nakamba, Kudakwashe Mahachi and Danny “Deco” Phiri and FC Platinum’s Nqobizitha Masuku who started their career at Bantu Rovers before flourishing on the big stage.
“There are number of players that I admire and I am in constant communication with former Bantu Rovers’ players Nakamba and Mahachi. These are the people who have encouraged me including Deco and Nqo (Masuku) and I would like to follow in their footsteps. This is a big challenge for me and it’s not only about impressing the coaches but going there to learn from the players that have more experience,” Sibanda said.
Sibanda, just a goal shy of matching last year’s Golden Boot winner Caps United’s Leonard Tsipa, is coy on winning the top goal scorer award this year.
“I am not a natural striker but the goals keep coming. I cannot say much about the top goal scorer award. The competition is stiff. There are many players that are scoring goals and we are only in the first half of the season,” he said.
The Warriors call is his first for the senior national side, having previously captained the Young Warriors’ in the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games hosted by Zimbabwe in 2014, the Under-20 Cosafa squad in South Africa last year and the Caf Under-20 championships qualifiers, also last year.