Charamba an unheralded gem

By Taurai Maunga

Amaveni born Ngezi Platinum FC utility player Michael Charamba has proved to be a gem for the Mhondoro based side.

The inform 22 year old was instrumental in Madamburo’s explosive start to the season and has still maintained his blistering form.

Such was his impressive performance this season that that he in April had a Warriors call from coach Sunday Chidzambwa.

A versatile sportsman Charmba during his Secondary School says was an athlete of noteworthy.

He helped Amaveni High School to a bronze medal in the relay competitions at the giant National Sports Stadium.

Known amongst a legion of fans in Kwekwe as Ketso the player has provided solidity in defence and overlapping prowess at second placed Madamburo.

The footballer’s talent was discovered in 2006 when he was a fifth grader at St Martin’s Primary School in Amaveni.

He then turned up for Amaveni High School and stormed into the annual Midlands Province select team which made headlines through its goal scoring galore in the 2013 Copa Coca Cola annual football tourney in Masvingo.

After finishing school in 2014 he then turned for then Division 1 outfit Ngezi Platinum the following year in the process helping the team to gain promotion.

He was then loaned to Central Region Side Ivan Hoe in 2016.

Last year he was then called back into the team by then Coach Tonderai Ndiraya.

Looking back Charamba has said it is God who has taken him thus far.

He opened up to Observer Sport: “I am deeply humbled and grateful to the one who gave me this talent God. My best moments in football came up when I was called in for national duty in an independence clash between Zimbabwe and Zambia,” he said.

Charamba was delighted with living up to his dreams just like those before him.

“Being called for national duty at the age of 22 and also having more game play in a top flight league is more than an accomplishment to many of us,” he said.

He bemoaned the death of competitive football in Kwekwe as the gold mining city produced quality players in the mould of Masimba Mambare and Raymond Kasambara amongst some players from Amaveni.

“There is more need to engage youths from the grassroots levels so that we can produce more professionals within the league and abroad,” he said.

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