27 April 2016
NAME: Joel Welcome Ngodzo.
CLUB: CAPS United FC.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Mpilo Central Hospital.
PREFERRED FOOT: Right.
SHOE SIZE: Nine.
JERSEY NUMBER: 18.
SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Lobengula Primary and Mzilikazi High School.
SCHOOL REPORT: It was a 50-50 situation.
LANGUAGES: Shona, English and Ndebele.
RELIGION: CPT church. I am a Christian.
FAVOURITE DISH: Rice and chicken.
TEMPERS: I am at ease with everyone, I donâ€™t like violence.
FAVOURITE HOLIDAY RESORT: Durban, South Africa.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Quiet, reserved and calm.
FAVOURITE COLOURS: Black, white and green.
TUNES: Deep house and a bit of rap and rnb.
FAVOURITE ARTISTES: Professor, Big Nuz, Chris Brown, Oskido and Splash.
MOBILE HANDSET: Samsung J7.
WHEELS: Mini Cooper and Toyota Corolla.
DREAM CAR: BMW X6.
MARITAL STATUS: I am married to Gertrude Shema.
KIDS: I have a two-year-old son called Josta, Siyanda.
FAMILY: I am the last born in a family of four brothers Johannes, Petros and Zephaniah. My mum, Daisy and dad Edson stays at our home in Mzilikazi.
A FAMILY OF FOOTBALLERS: True and I had no way out.
WHO DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AMONG YOURSELVES? Johannesâ€™ record is better than anyone else.
CLOSE BUDDIES: Kuda Mahachi, Dominic Chungwa, Danny Phiri.
SOCIAL NETWORKS: Just Facebook and Whatsapp.
BOOZE: I used to drink but stopped completely.
HAIRSTYLES: Tinted afro.
TATTOOS: I just donâ€™t like them.
DO YOU WEAR EARRINGS? I donâ€™t have any ear piercing. Handiite izvozvo.
CLOTHING LABELS: Adidas.
SHOES: All stars.
IF YOU HAD NOT BEEN A FOOTBALLER: I had no other plans. I grew up in a family of footballers.
OTHER SPORTING ACTIVITIES: Swimming.
TELL US SOMETHING WE DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU? I am a good cook.
YOU PLAY A BIT LIKE: Teko Modise.
PRE-MATCH RITUAL: We sing and pray to God.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN JUJU? Aya (shaking head)â€¦awusebenzi.
CHILDHOOD HERO: My brother, Johannes.
MESSI OR RONALDO: CR7.
STRENGTHS: I am good at passing and can shoot from any angle. I can hold on to the ball and I donâ€™t lose possession unnecessarily. I am goal scorer and given a chance I can bang the net. I am just an attack minded player. I like to celebrate and score goals. When it comes to big games, I am just fearless and do not count previous history with opponents. I am a 90-minute player gifted with both defensive and attacking skills in the middle of the park.
WEAKNESSES: Am not so good with headers.
TEAMS SUPPORTED: Real Madrid, Orlando Pirates and Manchester United.
HOW DID YOUR CAREER START? I started at a tender age, during my early days in Primary school. I then turned professional when I joined Highlanders juniors U12. I worked with coaches like Clement Chimimba and Amini Soma Phiri. I was promoted to the senior team in 2009 together with Bruce Kangwa and Rahman Kutsanzira.
PREMIERSHIP DEBUT: 2009 versus Gunners at BF. I was part of the starting line-up. I was just motivated.
FORMER CLUBS: Highlanders 2009-10, FC Platinum 2011-13, Highlanders 2014.
YOU RECORD US$60 000 SIGNING TO FCP STILL STANDS: Itâ€™s flattering. Maybe I am lucky payer, I donâ€™t know. I bought myself my first house in Hillcrest and a car.
WHO TOOK YOU TO CAPS? Twine Phiri called me. He was told that I was clubless and he told me to come to Harare.
BUT YOU ALMOST JOINED A DIVISION ONE SIDE (BBC)? Itâ€™s not true, I was just seated at home until February although they once approached me.
DID YOU EVER THINK YOU WOULD PLAY FOR CAPS?
Itâ€™s something that I never thought could happen. But when Twine said I could come, I was willing to do so. Life in football is like that.
LIFE AT CAPS? Itâ€™s ok. At first it wasnâ€™t easy but I am ok now. I am getting used to everything. A new environment, new team mates, supporters and a new home. Itâ€™s like my second home. My life was made easier by people like Mark Mathe and Masinga Ndlovu (fitness trainer) who also come from Bulawayo.
CONTRACTED UNTIL: December 2016.
ANY PLANS TO LEAVE SOON: Aaaaa ngikhona. I am not thinking of any move at the moment.
GAMES PLAYED: Three.
GOALS SCORED: Two.
BEST GOAL: Against ZPC in 2015 when I scored a volley at Nyamhunga.
IT SEEMS YOU GOT A LIFELINE IN HARARE? Itâ€™s a positive move in my career when everyone thought I was finished and I turn out to do well. I owe it to the coaches who trusted me to be part of their team.
WHY DID HIGHLANDERS SHUT YOU OUT? They didnâ€™t renew my contract. They told me I was overweight and do not fit in the coachâ€™s plans (Bongani Mafu).
AND YOU HAD ISSUES WITH INDISCIPLINE THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER? Itâ€™s not true. People always say things thatâ€™s are not true. I am a changed person and I want to focus on my career.
YOUR DRINKING HABITS ARE WELL-DOCUMENTED: I quit booze. I realised it was killing me slowly.
WHAT DO YOU FOCUS ON WHEN YOU IN THE GAME? Concentrate and score.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY FOR YOU TO MOTIVATE YOUR TEAMMATES AFTER GIVING UP A GOAL? I rarely talk but we always cushion each other.
WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING? I focus and motivate myself.
WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND IN THE TUNNEL ON YOUR WAY TO THE PITCH? Itâ€™s all about the 90 minutes and winning.
NEXT MATCH IS AGAINST DYNAMOS? We believe in ourselves and leave everything in God hands.
YOUR PREDICTION? 2-0.
CAPS ARE UNBEATEN AND HAVE MORE POINTS THAN DYNAMOS: Thatâ€™s history, we are facing a fresh game and a different opponent and we want maximum points.
WE HAVE SEEN A RAPID RISE IN FORM? Itâ€™s because of hard work. I told myself that I must do something this season. It must be a different year.
HOW PRACTICAL IS IT TO MAINTAIN THAT THROUGHOUT THE SEASON? I am working hard and staying away from trouble.
ITâ€™S YOUR SECOND DERBY IN HARARE? Taajaira ma big games aya, itâ€™s a game I will execute myself. I donâ€™t want too much pressure. I will do the talking on the field of play.
TARGETS FOR THE SEASON: We should win the big prize. I am pushing for a double figures.
HOW ARE YOUR TEAMMATES TREATING YOU? Those guys are very respectful. I played with Tafadzwa Rusike and Archford Gutu in the under U23 and U20.It wasnâ€™t difficult to gel.
FAVOURITE TEAMMATES: Chungwa and Crispen Machisi.
LLOYD CHITEMBWE: He loves hard workers. He is a great coach and he is very influential to me considering that he also played as a midfielder.
BIGGEST JOKER: Edmore Sibanda.
FANS: Ngiyalithanda. They must continue supporting us.
TIPS FOR THE 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: We want it.
BEST STADIUM: BF.
HAVE YOU EVER MISSED A PENALTY? I have never missed.
RED CARD: No.
MOST MEMORABLE GAME: Against Al-Merrikh CAF Confederations Cup. I scored an equaliser 2-2.
WORST GAME: Losing 4-0 to CAPS United in 2014.
WHATâ€™S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE? Transporter 4.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST AFRAID OF? Injuries.
WHICH SONG HOLDS SPECIAL MEMORIES FOR YOU? Sorry by Justin Bieber.
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Bible.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE POSSESSION? I have two houses in Cowdray Park and Hillcrest.
IF A SINGER OR GROUP WAS TO PERFORM AT YOUR PARTY, WHO WOULD GET THE CALL? Oskido.
IS THERE SOMEONE YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET BEFORE YOU DIE? CR7.
NAME ONE THING YOUâ€™D NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT? Laptop and phone.
BEST COACHES WORKED WITH: Rahman Gumbo, Tenant Chilimba and Mkhuphali Masuku.
INTERNATIONAL CAPS: I have lost count I played for the national team from the U20 and U23 and recently at the CHAN tournament.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS TIME? I havenâ€™t lost hope, I have a dream to sign a better deal abroad. Everything is possible.
LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL: I want to be a businessman. I am still thinking of my line of business.