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The great Moses Chunga

27 May 2020 at 10:13hrs | Views
A rare talent , top marksman. He was a football genius, a complete footballer and did not shy away to make his views and feelings known - Can't play for peanuts.

Moses 'Razorman' Chunga -now Bambo was born on 17 October 1965 in Mufakose Harare Zimbabwe. One cannot talk of Zimbabwean football without mentioning the name of the most finest player Chunga.

The most gifted players on the field of play and his soccer boots nearly covered the whole field of play running , twisting and turning. another inductee in my hall of fame. He was very talented indeed and at the same time arrogant.

Moses Chunga was such a very unpredictable soccer striker who could strike and score at any given time like a lightning.

His only weakness was on his defensive aspect of the game. He was very good at ball dribbling and could pass and manoeuvre easily past sleeping defenders. Razorman was also a dead ball specialist and could execute his duties with a precision of a machinist.

Moses playing as a midfielder, holds the record of scoring many goals in one season in the post independent Zimbabwe. He scored 46 goals in 1986 season and since then no one has managed to surpass that mark.

He was a very good ball distributor using both his feet. There are two theories on how he was nicknamed Razorman, some say he could use both legs depending on which side was the ball whilst some say his talent was razor sharp, he was clean shaven, a hairstyle that earned him the nickname after a popular radio drama character who was called Razorman. He was a fighter.

His close ball control was so amazing. Chunga was a very fast thinker. He would think of his next move before the ball arrived at his feet. A fantastic player, a marvel to watch.

I remember very well when I was listening to the then Radio 2 where Innocent Choga Gavhure was commenting football. He would start givmg a brief discription of the weather pattern and how this wonderful player would draw a lot of fans to the stadium especially at the Ceremonial home of football Rufaro Stadium.

Moses Chunga could play from both wings left and right. His best position was at centre number 10. Bambo was an exciting player and all football fans would keep their eyes glued on him from the warming up time till the end of the game.

Even to those who were listening from the comfort of their homes they would ask one question before the match- Is Moze in the line up? By then Job Kadengu was the Zifa Chairman.

He made football look very simple and after the game beerhalls, tarvens, growth points and shopping centres Moses Chunga was the talk of the time.

He had lots of goals in between his legs and was not all that good in aerial tussles. He could bend it like David Beckham and he once scored from a corner kick.

Whilst playing at Dynamos during the time he was at peak in December 1986 Moses Chunga attracted the interests of Nottingham Forest in United Kingdom but there are rumours that he was not successful because he failed to follow a simple instruction to pass the ball, though he had impressed the coach.

However he finally made it in Belgium where he was signed by Eendracht -Aalst. This club honoured him in 2012 for the services he rendered.

Chunga once played as a guest player for Dynamos against Coventry  City in Harare when he was in Belgium. He mesmerized the English side with some deft touches and there was excitement all over. That is when Coventry scouted 'Nsukuzonke', 'Flying Elephant' Peter Ndlovu.

He had a very good combination with the likes of Adam and Peter Ndlovu in Zimbabwean colours before injuries started taking a toll on his career and he had to retire prematurely.

There was a debate which went viral in the Parade Magazine which read - Who is the geatest Moses Chunga and Peter Ndlovu?  Football fans cracked to bring answers.

Chunga was a championship winner with Gunners Football Club in 2009.

He has also coached Premiership giants Dynamos, Harare City and CAPS United, as well as the now defunct Shooting Stars and Gunners. For now he is doing consultancy work for any of these Premier League clubs.


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