Dube off to US on soc­cer schol­ar­ship

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

BANTU Rovers goal­keeper Nkosiphile Dube yes­ter­day left the coun­try to fur­ther his stud­ies in the United States of Amer­ica af­ter get­ting a soc­cer schol­ar­ship.

The 17-year-old, who was do­ing Form Five at Bu­l­awayo’s St Columba’s High School in Makokoba, got a schol­ar­ship to study at Kim­ball Union Acad­emy in Meri­den which is in New Hamp­shire.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion ob­tained from web­sites, Kim­ball Union Acad­emy founded in 1813, is the 22nd old­est board­ing school in the US.

Dube who joined Rovers at the be­gin­ning of the year be­comes the sec­ond player to leave the club on a schol­ar­ship this year, af­ter 17-year-old mid­fielder Marvin Sibanda who was do­ing Form Five at North­lea High School.

Sibanda got a three-year schol­ar­ship to study at Taft School in Water­town which is in Con­necti­cut State.

Bantu Rovers’ gen­eral man­ager Wil­bert Sibanda chal­lenged Dube to rep­re­sent the club well.

“It is our hope that Dube will be able to bal­ance his aca­demic stud­ies with foot­ball. It is also our hope that he ex­cels in his en­deav­ours and in­spires other young­sters to take their stud­ies and sport se­ri­ously.

As Bantu Rovers we are pleased that through our con­tacts we con­tinue to get full schol­ar­ships for such young­sters so that they lay foun­da­tions for their lives.

“Dube will be at Kim­ball Union Acad­emy,” said Sibanda. Be­sides Marvin Sibanda, Rovers have fa­cil­i­tated schol­ar­ships for Sean Banda who is the son of Bu­l­awayo’s deputy mayor Gift Banda, Ray Lunga son to for­mer High­landers striker Gift Lunga (se­nior) and Sean Moyo.

Banda, a for­mer Zim­bab­wean rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the con­ti­nen­tal ju­nior track cham­pi­onships, broke a nearly half-cen­tury-old Choate Rose­mary High School record in the 100 me­tres dur­ing a track event at the Taft School.

Banda sprinted to the fin­ish line in a jaw-drop­ping time of 10.60 sec­onds, beat­ing the old record by .05 sec­onds.

Moyo, a for­mer Mzi­likazi High School stu­dent is at Bates Col­lege.

For­mer Rovers’ 18-year-old striker Mthabisi Tshuma who is at Taft and 16-year-old mid­fielder Per­ci­val Al­bert Sibanda who is at Brooks School are in their sec­ond year in the US — @ZililoR.

ZPCS Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Paradzai Zi­mondi (right) closely fol­lows an on­flight ball at Harry Allen Golf Club yes­ter­day

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