Chirambadare’s other passion. . . reveals heartache of Bosso snub

by Sunday News Online | Sunday, Oct 11, 2015 | 1814 views
Edmore Chirambadare

Edmore Chirambadare

Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
HAVING an office without a roof, the football pitch, Chicken Inn striker Edmore Chirambadare actually loves staying indoors when not playing.

The Gweru born striker heads home in Sauerstown straight from training on most days where he spends most of his time with his best friend and fellow tenant, David Temwanjira. Although Chirambadare is a Christian raised in the Masowe Echishanu Apostolic Church, before moving on to the Methodist Church, the left footed player occasionally takes either Viceroy, Jack Daniels or Amarula in his spare time.

The player also has a passion for pool, darts and chess which are mainly played indoors. Unlike his rival for the Golden Boot award Knox Mutizwa of Highlanders who enjoys swimming, Chirambadare is “allergic” to water.

“I don’t talk a lot. I usually go home after training, and I play pool, darts and chess. I am actually scared of playing in water,’’ said Chirambadare.

The 23-year-old is planning to wed his Bulawayo girlfriend next year. He believes in doing things the right way (his own words).

Chirambadare’s football career has been full of ups and downs which even saw him quit football for six months after being snubbed by Zimbabwe Alloys former coach Peter Manoti, who bluntly told him that he was not good enough to play with the big boys. That saw the striker finding a job as a barman in Gweru before a call from his juniors’ coach Mativenga Musekiwa, saw him call off the “enforced’’ sabbatical from football.

“I joined ZimAlloys in 2011 but didn’t play any matches, the coach Peter Manoti thought I could not play with the big boys so I was not registered. I just trained with them until the end of the season. I quit football for six months and became a barman in Gweru. I could be far with my football had ZimAlloys not looked down upon me,’’ said Chirambadare.

Before that, Chirambadare who was born on 24 January 1992 in Gweru had represented Midlands twice at the National Youth Games, in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was part of the Midlands soccer team which won gold at the games staged in Gwanda.

That team had Hwange goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya and Tsholotsho striker Simbarashe Gorogodyo.

The year 2013 came with his biggest disappointment of being rejected by the club he has supported since he was a youngster, Highlanders. Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe took Chirambadare, Butholezwe Ncube and Rodrick Mupfudze to Highlanders towards the conclusion of the 2013 season. The Bulawayo giants were locked in a tight championship race with Dynamos and Harare City then.

With Kelvin Kaindu, the Highlanders head coach at that time away enhancing his coaching qualifications in the United Kingdom, his assistant Bekithemba Ndlovu was in charge of preparing the side for a crucial battle against Harare City at Rufaro Stadium in the penultimate round of action that season. Highlanders went on to lose 0-4 and eventually lost the championship race to Dynamos on goal difference on the last day of the league.

Chirambadare describes how excited he was at the prospect of joining Bosso, a team he had supported as a youngster growing up in Mkoba 13. His joy turned into a nightmare with the way Ndlovu treated him and his teammates.

“I was so excited to go to Highlanders training because I had always supported that team when I was growing up. We trained first day but the atmosphere was not good, the way the coach spoke to us, he wasn’t friendly at all. I really wanted to play for Highlanders, that is the team I supported when I was growing up. Being rejected by Highlanders taught me to work even harder to earn respect,’’ Chirambadare said.

Despite the disappointment of being turned away at Highlanders, Chirambadare worked even harder, finding the target 13 times to earn Tsholotsho the Zifa Southern Region Division One title as well as a promotion into the PSL. He also took home the league’s Golden Boot award and Player of the Year accolade.

A move to Chicken Inn was sealed late into last season. Chirambadare revealed that during Tsholotsho’s match against Black Boots played at Fairbridge, Gamecocks coach Joey Antipas and club official Tavengwa Hara were in attendance. He scored a brace in a 2-1 triumph after which Antipas and Hara spoke to him. With his two-year contract with Tsholotsho coming to an end at the conclusion of last year, a move to Chicken Inn was secured.

While he would have wanted to play for Tsholotsho in the PSL, Chirambadare concedes that financial matters played a big part in his move to Chicken Inn where he penned a two-year deal.

nounce his arrival at Chicken Inn, his first goal coming on the opening day of the season when he scored after 40 seconds in a 2-1 triumph over Flame Lily at Luveve Stadium. Midway through the season, Chirambadare was leading the scorer’s charts with eight goals to his name.

A lean spell was to follow with Chirambadare going for three months without scoring a goal for the Gamecocks. This allowed Mutizwa to catch up with Chirambadare and eventually overtook him.

Chirambadare finally ended his goal drought in a 2-1 victory over ZPC Kariba at Luveve Stadium on 12 September and was again on target as they won by a similar score line away to Triangle.

Seven of his goals have been scored using his more powerful left foot, two with the right while one was a header.

Going into this weekend’s fixtures, Chirambadare was one goal behind Mutizwa who was the leading scorer with 11 goals.

The Chicken Inn man has set himself a target of 15 goals by the end of the season which he feels is enough to win the Golden Boot award which was shared by Charles Sibanda of Highlanders and Kudakwashe Musharu of How Mine who finished tied on 12 goals.

“I don’t know what really happened when I was not scoring, it was God’s will, Knox was converting his chances and I was not.

I want to win the Golden Boot award, my target is 15 goals, and I think that is enough for me to win it. I don’t know what Knox’s target is, the best will win the award,’’ said Chirambadare.

Heading into this weekend’s fixtures, Chirambadare is in danger of missing out on Soccer Stars selection as he was on five yellow cards.

Most of the bookings have been collected for what the match officials believe is simulation while trying to earn himself a penalty. One more booking will rule Chirambadare out of contention as the rules stipulates that any player who accumulates six yellow cards cannot be considered for selection.

So far the Chicken Inn man has been capped once at senior national team level, his debut coming in the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier against away to Comoros which ended in a 0-0 draw.

He was meant to make his first ever national team appearance against the same opponents at home but he could not as his passport had expired.

A cousin of former Dynamos greats, Earnest and Stanley Chirambadare, the Chicken Inn striker is born in a family four, three boys as well as one girl who is late.

His departed father Peter was a utility player for Tongogara. Chirambadare believes unity as a team has been the key to Chicken Inn’s superb run this season.

Chirambadare did not take time to announce his arrival at Chicken Inn, his first goal coming on the opening day of the season when he scored after 40 seconds in a 2-1 triumph over Flame Lily at Luveve Stadium. Midway through the season, Chirambadare was leading the scorer’s charts with eight goals to his name. A lean spell was to follow with Chirambadare going for three months without scoring a goal for the Gamecocks. This allowed Mutizwa to catch up with Chirambadare and eventually overtook him.

Chirambadare finally ended his goal drought in a 2-1 victory over ZPC Kariba at Luveve Stadium on 12 September and was again on target as they won by a similar score line away to Triangle. Seven of his goals have been scored using his more powerful left foot, two with the right while one was a header.

Going into this weekend’s fixtures, Chirambadare was one goal behind Mutizwa who was the leading scorer with 11 goals. The Chicken Inn man has set himself a target of 15 goals by the end of the season which he feels is enough to win the Golden Boot award which was shared by Charles Sibanda of Highlanders and Kudakwashe Musharu of How Mine who finished tied on 12 goals.

“I don’t know what really happened when I was not scoring, it was God’s will, Knox was converting his chances and I was not.

I want to win the Golden Boot award, my target is 15 goals, and I think that is enough for me to win it. I don’t know what Knox’s target is, the best will win the award,’’ said Chirambadare.

Heading into this weekend’s fixtures, Chirambadare is in danger of missing out on Soccer Stars selection as he was on five yellow cards. Most of the bookings have been collected for what the match officials believe is simulation while trying to earn himself a penalty. One more booking will rule Chirambadare out of contention as the rules stipulates that any player who accumulates six yellow cards cannot be considered for selection.

So far the Chicken Inn man has been capped once at senior national team level, his debut coming in the 2016 African Nations Championship qualifier against away to Comoros which ended in a 0-0 draw. He was meant to make his first ever national team appearance against the same opponents at home but he could not as his passport had expired.

A cousin of former Dynamos greats, Earnest and Stanley Chirambadare, the Chicken Inn striker is born in a family four, three boys as well as one girl who is late. His departed father Peter was a utility player for Tongogara. Chirambadare believes unity as a team has been the key to Chicken Inn’s superb run this season.

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