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Gaga the next in line from the Zingwe clan

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Mambo is not only one of the oldest surburbs in Gweru but one with a lot of history and pride in it too. It derives it’s name from the pre colonial Mambo rulers of the land and over the years, it has given birth to a number of illustrious sons and daughters who have gone on to represent the suburb with distinction in different spheres of life in sports, arts and academics.

Legendary boxer Langton ‘Schoolboy’ Tinago, venerable musician Lovemore Majaivana, former Gweru United winger Collins Semwayo, polished broadcasters Senzo Mpofu, Painos Dakwa, Wilson Dakwa Jestina Mukoko all have their umblical codes buried in Mambo.

The Zingwe family are also part of the Mambo ‘royalty’ having served the suburb with distinction in football and arts. Their father Saul Zingwe who played for Zimalls in pre independence era before forming his own team called FC Puma which nurtured a lot of football talent in the city including his sons. The six sons went on to carry the Zingwe name with aplomb with Tawona playing for Gweru United, Stephen who played Dynamos,Admire who saw action with Railstars and Ziscosteel, Simbarashe who played Ziscosteel and Brian ‘Bruno’ who turned out for Chapungu. Blessed who is better known by his stage name Zizoe Pamyk carried the Zingwe name into music.

Nineteen year old Tanaka Garrech son to Brian is now ready to take the Zingwe name forward through football. Nicknamed Gaga, Tanaka Garrech has already been capped at national level with the Zimbabwe U17 team in 2018, is hoping to become the next big name player not only from the Zingwe family but from Gweru. Endowed with sublime skills, effective on both flanks either as a fullback or forward, Gaga now on the books of Midlands State University in Ruvimbo Central Region Soccer League is hoping for a breakthrough this season.

“I come from a footballing family and now I feel like I’ve been handed the torch to carry the family name forward. I feel energized more than before to give my all for the family name,” Gaga said.

“Like any other footballer, the ambition is to play for national team. Having already played for the national U17, I believe that with consistency and hard work I will be able to play for the Warriors when the time comes. Of course I also habour ambitions to play outside the country with Europe being my preferred destination.”

“Being coached by my father gives me extra motivation because there pessimists who would always want to argue that I’m playing because my father is the coach.”

Brian who is now assistant coach to Tavaka Gumbo at Midlands State University is confident that his son is going to be a big name player in future.

“He is determined, he is focused to make a name for himself. What we just need to do is not to put pressure on him. We also need to guide him accordingly and not have other distractions disrupt his progression. But otherwise, I’m a proud father and like he said, it’s all about the Zingwe family and he knows the responsibility that comes with the name,” said Brian.

Gaga’s team MSU begins their campaign for the 2023 Ruvimbo Funeral Central Region Soccer League at home against Beitbridge based CM15 Academy on Saturday.

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