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Makumbe feels great to be part of the Highlanders squad

by Staff reporter
28 Mar 2018 at 21:10hrs | Views
NIGEL Makumbe feels great to be part of the Highlanders squad, and their flying start has created a dreamland for the talented player.

His four assists in two games is 'the stuff that dreams are made of', the kind of performance that could influence Carly Simon to pen a similar song.

After manager Madinda Ndlovu brought in new brooms for the 2018 season, everything seems refreshing and the title they last won more than a decade ago looks like 'coming around soon'.

"So far I had made two assists during open play and two other from corner kicks making them four assists in two games.

"It feels good to be involved in all the four goals, at my position I am expected to score and assist.

"As for me what matters most is to do what is best for the team to win," Makumbe told H-Metro.

After winning all two games, Bosso turn their attention to Triangle at Barbourfields on Thursday.

And the 21-year-old is fully focused on that.

"Doing such a great job for the team brings so much joy to me and seeing our fans happy is the reason we play.

"All I ask for is for the fans to came in their numbers in every game we are going to play. I promise them we will put maximum efforts.

"We are going to push ourselves to the limit in order for us to satisfy them and make sure they got value for their hard earned money," he said.

Makumbe was produced by Aces Youth Academy and was first signed by FC Platinum.

"I'm hugely honoured to be part of this great team. At times I even ask myself what is it about me that made me deserve the opportunity to be part of Highlanders.

"Bosso are a big football club that I believe as time goes on will be much stronger and a big threat to other rivals.

"I feel so lucky to be coached by Madinda Ndlovu In my career he is a great coach, probably one of the best in the country," he said.

His shirt number 92 is as astonishing as his talent.

Yet, the midfielder is quick to state that they are not about individuals but a team.

"As Highlanders we are taking one game at a time. We don't want to rush the process we want to walk before we run.

"Going into our match day three against Triangle, obviously we play games to win but in football you expect all the three results lose, win, or draw.

"Football taught me to be a hard worker, it has helped me a lot because at the moment am enjoying my football through hard work and team work.

"I just take all the training sessions seriously and I try to improve myself f each and every day," he said.

Their neighbours Chicken Inn are big rivals, but that has not stopped the player from admiring their veteran player Clemence Matawu.

"In Zimbabwe the best player of them all is Clemence Matawu. I like the way he plays, it's unique.

"My favourite player is Raphael Muduviwa from FC Platinum, regionally I like Khama Billiat and in the world it's Benfica.

"I am more of a Messi fan who supports Manchester United and Highlanders," Makumbe said.

It is natural that a player his age is dreaming big.

"To play for the big clubs in the world is what I hope to achieve with my career while playing for the national team is also my dream.

"This season I will just try to score whenever I have the chance to score, but obviously I will try to hit a double number," he said.

Many footballers sometimes are distracted by off the field shenanigans.

"When I am not playing soccer or at any training I will be home playing FIFA.

"I love dancehall music and my favourite musician is Soul Jah Love. His music really motivates me. I listen to his music before every game to boost my morale," he said.

Asked about his teammates, he said: "To start with Newman Sianchali or Ozias Zibande brings no difference to me because I have maximum faith in both of them and all my teammates."

He is a football player with other interests.

"If I wasn't a soccer player, I think I would have been a cricket player, I am good at it and I understand the sport well," he said.

"To me football was an inborn thing. In my family I am the first and the last born as well.

"I went to Rusvingo Primary School, then Lord Malvern for high school and I grew up in Highfields."

Asked on what we don't know about their camp, he said:

"The most talkative guy in our team is Peter Madhuwa whilst our comedian is Tendai Ndlovu.

"Unsang hero in our team is Honest Moyo," he said.

Source - hmetro
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