Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
WARRIORS goalkeeper Edmore ‘ZiKeeper’ Sibanda has revealed that his late son, Cedric, eagerly wanted to watch the AFCON qualifier tie against Congo-Brazzaville on March 24.
Cedric, who was seven, succumbed to asthma recently.
And ZiKeeper, who is part of coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s 28-man squad, said he will dedicate the game to his son.
While there were concerns of his mental fitness ahead of the crunch tie, the former CAPS United goal minder said he is ready.
“I dedicate the game to my son because he was always asking me about it before his death. He really wanted to watch the match,” said Sibanda.
“Not only this game, but the rest of my life is now dedicated to celebrating his life and the legacy he left behind.
“For a seven-year-old he had such an effect on people who knew him and many more who never had a chance to meet him but only saw his videos,” he added.
ZiKeeper promised to do his best, if given the chance to play, to put smiles on the faces of Warriors fans.
“It’s not only the nation that expects us to win. Even the team wants to win and this is a journey that has made us more like a family.
“So it is not something we are taking lightly. As a team I feel we are prepared and there is this vibe of unity amongst players.
“I’m sure we will be smiling after the game,” he said.
Sibanda said he is grateful to those who stood by him in difficult moments.
“My life will never be the same again, God blessed me with a unique and special boy, as a father I will always be proud.
“It’s very unfortunate the Lord decided it was time to call back one of his angels but I’m thankful to God I had the privilege to be his dad for his seven years with us.
“I’m so humbled by the support from the guys and special mention to my eldest son Ethan Tanaka who has been my strength in this difficult time.
“Ovidy Karuru, Talent Chawapiwa, Nyasha Mushekwi, Terence Dzukamanja, Marshal Munetsi, Aleck Mudimu, Tendai Darikwa, Mdhara Roy, Mdhara Dan, king Nadolo, Peter and Patrick Mubaiwa, Wellington Mpandare, the list is endless but thanks to family and friends for the love and support.
“It’s draining emotionally but their words keeps me strong and they are in my head reminding me of what he thought of me both as a father and a goalkeeper,” he said.