‘86 UHURU CUP CHANGED EVERYTHING – FLASH DANCE

Lovemore Dube

FORMER Highlanders striker Tobias Mudyambanje has described the 1986 Independence Cup tournament as one that gave him the breakthrough at the club.

He had just arrived at Bosso to fill in the shoes of Bigboy Ndlovu, a centre forward who had left the club the previous year to join Chapungu.

With Dumisani Ngulube still developing, Bosso with an array of talent in defence, midfield and fantastic wingers Abraham Madondo, Chris Ncube, Tanny Banda and the legendary Madinda Ndlovu, the club was desperate for a finisher.

His first game for Highlanders was against Zimbabwe Saints in the semi-finals of the 1986 Independence Cup.

That match was to change his football story as he scored the winner and booked Bosso into the final.

He went on to be Highlanders’ main striker for three consecutive years.

He used to score regularly and earned the nickname ‘Flash Dance.’

Positioning, finishing with either foot and flashing headers endeared him with the faithful Highlanders fans.

“It was my breakthrough at Highlanders First XI. We played our local rivals Zimbabwe Saints, it was not an easy game, I scored the winner,” said Mudyambanje.

He was groomed at Mthwakazi Youth Centre, a few metres from his family home.

Mudyambanje was delighted with his second goal for Highlanders in the Independence Cup, finding the back of the net for the eventually winner in a match Bosso won 2-1.

“It was early years of Independence, by playing we were thanking our fathers and brothers.

“It was a very special moment for me to celebrate our Independence in style.”

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