Sunday, November 4, 2012

The first black Zimbabwean player overseas

It is common knowledge that former football greats Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung played football as exports to the United States of America, and so did Ace Ntsoelengoe and a few others years ago. Many remember Zimbabweans like Ebson Sugar Muguyo and Max Shaluza Tshuma making tsunami waves in the South African borders in the late 1970s.

In the days of Rhodesia, Zimbabwe produced their first international export to the English professional league. Gibson Homela pioneered this not so common trek, in 1975, signing up for Bristol  Rovers. Homela was a complete and sound professional of the game and represented the continent well.

He is a very loyal Zimbabwe Saints son who also marshaled the Warriors defence before injury put paid his promising and inspiring career. He grew to be a very renowned coach for club and country and taught many coaches as an instructor of the game.