10 May 2017
. . . seven PSL games, seven goals
NAME: Bukhosi Sibanda.
CLUB: Bantu Rovers FC.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Mpilo, Bulawayo.
POSITION: Attacking midfielder.
PREFERRED FOOT: Right.
SHOE SIZE: Eight.
JERSEY NUMBER: 10.
SCHOOLS ATTENDED: St Patricks Primary and Gifford High School.
LANGUAGES: Shona, Ndebele and English.
RELIGION: I am a Christian and I fellowship at Wealthy Word International church.
FAVOURITE DISH: Sadza and beef stew.
FAVOURITE HOLIDAY RESORT: Durban, South Africa.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Humble, hardworking and respectful.
FLICKS: Sport and comedy.
FAVOURITE COLOURS: Grey and black.
TUNES: House and gospel
FAVOURITE ARTISTES: Okmalumekoolkat, Emtee, Kwasta and Sinach.
MOBILE HANDSET: Iphone5s.
WHEELS: I don’t have a car at the moment.
MARITAL STATUS: Single.
FAMILY: I am the third born in a family of four. My siblings Mxolisi, Antoinette and Thabo. My dad, Alex is an artist and my mum is a housewife. My brother Thabo is following my footsteps. He is a good footballer.
CLOSE BUDDIES: Tapiwa Ngwenya, Itai Mabhunu, Gary Nyathi, Malvin Mkolo, Lawrence Evra and Robert Dube.
SOCIAL NETWORKS: I have a Facebook account but I rarely use it. I am not very active on social media.
BOOZE: I have never tasted alcohol.
TATTOOS: I don’t like them but I see nothing wrong in my friends having them.
DO YOU WEAR EARRINGS? It’s a taboo in my family. My parents will ‘kill’ me.
CLOTHING LABELS: Nike and G-star Raw.
PERFUME: Hugo Boss.
IF YOU HAD NOT BEEN A FOOTBALLER: I would have been an artist.
OTHER SPORTING ACTIVITIES: I play cricket.
TELL US SOMETHING WE DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU: I play football, watch football and dream about it. Everything around me revolves around football. I am passionate about the sport.
YOU PLAY A BIT LIKE: Eden Hazard is my role model although I am yet to attain his level.
INSPIRATION: Methembe Ndlovu, who pruned me since I was 14. He is a role model and a living legend among us.
PRE-MATCH RITUAL: We sing a worship song and pray as team. We do so in the changing room and on the pitch. That’s the tradition since I joined Bantu Rovers.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN JUJU? It’s one of the few things that annoys Methembe Ndlovu. He doesn’t accept anything related to juju. He told us that the ‘best juju’ is hard work and to stay focused.
STRENGTHS: I am strong and good in the air. Taking on defenders and dribbling is easy for me and I thrive on that. I have the pace when it comes to attacking football. I enjoy dribbling and my shots rarely go off target. I can take penalties as well. I am a big game player and can face any team, any time.
WEAKNESSES: My left foot is weak.
TEAMS SUPPORTED: Bantu Rovers, Orlando Pirates, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
HOW DID YOUR CAREER START? I have been playing football since Primary school. I was very active at Gifford High School and competed in numerous tournaments including COPA Coca Cola.
CHILDHOOD HERO: Peter Ndlovu.
MESSI OR RONALDO: CR7.
PREMIERSHIP DEBUT: 2014 against Black Rhinos.
FORMER CLUBS: I only played for Bantu Rovers since 14.
LIFE AT BANTU? It’s a big family and I feel at home.
CONTRACTED UNTIL: December 2018.
ANY PLANS TO LEAVE SOON: Sure, it has to be move to Europe and not anywhere locally.
BANTU HAVE ONLY SIX POINTS SO FAR? We are a developmental side. We work hard on improving as players as well as grooming. It’s not bad to win matches but we don’t need to be carried away by our core targets as a development side.
GAMES PLAYED: Seven.
GOALS SCORED: Seven, against FC Platinum, Triangle, a brace against Hwange and a hat trick against Yadah.
BEST GOAL: My free kick against Hwange. It was superb despite losing 3-2.
MOST MEMORABLE GAME: Against Yadah, it was a high scoring match for us. I am glad because it was my first hat-trick in professional football. My teammates surprised me, we also surprised ourselves with such a performance. It was our second win of the season after beating Triangle 1-0.
WORST GAME: Losing 5-0 in our opening game against Chicken Inn. It dampened our spirit.
WHAT DO YOU FOCUS ON WHEN IN THE GAME? Dominating the game, possession and achieving positive results.
AND HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR PERFOMANCE SO FAR? I feel proud. I gave it my all. Bantu needed to win the match to move out of the relegation place.
WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND IN THE TUNNEL ON YOUR WAY TO THE PITCH? Winning and dominating the game.
WARNING TO TEAMMATES: We must be level headed ahead of the next match. We must not be carried away.
NEXT MATCH IS AGAINST CAPS? It’s a tricky game against a strong side. We will fight for positive results.
TARGETS FOR THE SEASON: To be the premier league top goal scorer and improve as a player. I want to be a quality player.
HOW ARE YOUR TEAMMATES TREATING YOU? I get along with everyone. I have been with the club since 14.
FAVOURITE TEAMMATES: I get along with everyone. We stay together, travel and play together as a family.
BIGGEST JOKER: Master Stama Mlangeni
TIPS FOR THE 2017 CHAMPIONSHIP: The race is wide open, it’s unpredictable at the moment.
BEST STADIUM: BF.
BEST COACHES WORKED WITH: Methembe Ndlovu, Jairo Tapera, Johannes Ngodzo, Clemence Chimimba and Jairos Tapera. They have taught me so many things and added value to my career since I was young.
INTERNATIONAL CAPS: I have lost count. I have been involved with the U17 and U20.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST AFRAID OF? Snakes.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Bible.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE POSSESSION? It’s not tangible but I treasure life and God in my life.
IS THERE SOMEONE YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET BEFORE YOU DIE? Eden Hazard.
NAME ONE THING YOU’D NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT? My phone.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEAR’S TIME? I am still and I will be playing football for a big club outside Zimbabwe.
LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL? I will try to set up my own developmental academy. I will decide in future.
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