By Ronald Moyo
United States of America based young Zimbabwean footballer Marvin Sibanda has been named New England Soccer Journal 2017 Boys Prep Soccer (BPS) season midfielder of the year after having an impressive season with his side Taft Boys.
Sibanda is a Taft School Upper Middle (Grade 11) student on scholarship and he hogged the limelight by scoring 15 goals and registering 23 assists for his side.
Although his team could not progress to the next level of the competition, Sibanda’s performance was enough to earn him a place in the 2017 season best 11, and his prowess is acknowledged by the New England Soccer Journal which state that; “Taft was unlucky not to advance to the Class A final this year, but featured an electric midfield that could go toe-to-toe with any group in the prep ranks,”.
“They largely have Sibanda to thank for that, as the Zimbabwean finished with 15 goals and a school-record 23 assists. He has enough skill, poise and incisiveness to play in college, though is currently uncommitted,”.
The league also routinely sends players to top American Division 1, 2 and 3 schools based on academic and athletic merit.
The 17-year-old Sibanda is also academically gifted, and he rose through the ranks of the recently relegated Bantu Rovers FC’s junior policy.
Pachikoro caught up with the God-fearing Sibanda who was quick to attribute his success to the Almighty, also making a special mention of people around him.
“Obviously glory to God first and I feel very honoured to receive such a recognition. It means a lot to me and to everyone who is always helping me to be a better player including my teammates,” said Sibanda.
He also said the current recognition pushes him to work hard and reach the level of prominent Bantu Rovers FC juniors graduates like Marvellous Nakamba and Kudakwashe Mahachi who are now key elements in the Zimbabwe national team.
“It’s possible to reach the level of Kuda (Mahachi) and Marvellous (Nakamba). Obviously they are at a different level right now but they all came through the ranks just like me and I look up to them every day, so hopefully with hard work, dedication and belief I will reach their stage someday,” he added.
Sibanda did his primary education at Baobab Primary school in Hwange between 2005 and 2011.
He did his Ordinary level education which he passed with flying colours at uMzingwane High school between 2012 and 2015, and enrolled for his Advanced level studies at Northlea High school in Bulawayo last year before he got an American scholarship, courtesy of Bantu Rovers FC’s scholarship program.