Bindura Part 2 was simply unstoppable

HARARE - It was in the swinging 1980s and just as the case now Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United were the most dominant forces on the domestic front.

DeMbare, who had earlier lost some of their players to the army side Black Rhinos, had assembled a new side that blended youth and experience and one such young player was Garikai Zuze.

Garikai arrived at Dynamos in 1987 after the Glamour Boys had spotted him during a friendly match against Bindura United.

During that friendly match, Garikai, who went on to be nicknamed Bindura Part 2 (after his brother Biggie, who went by the name Bindura Part 1) terrorised DeMbare’s defence such that within the next two weeks, Dynamos had bought him to Harare.

The speedy winger would soon team up with his elder brother and midfielder Biggie to make a formidable combination that was to inspire Dynamos to a league and Cup success during that same year.

There was an interesting feature about Dynamos during those days in that their team regularly featured brothers and if it was not Biggie and Garikai, it was about the Chunga brothers, Kembo and Dixon, or Vitalis and Claudius Zviripayi although the former later used the surname Takawira. 

Garikai was a gifted winger who was a marvel to watch such that he turned himself into the darling of DeMbare supporters who thronged the stadiums during those days.

“Playing for Dynamos was obviously the turning point in my career. I enjoyed playing for the club, where a lot happened for me in those golden days. We were allowed to showcase our skills and in so doing, won many supporters who kept our stadiums jam-packed,” Garikai told the Daily News.

Then, led by the technical team of Sunday Marimo (later to be known as Chidzambwa), Obadiah Sarupinda and Mick Poole, Bindura Part 2 kept the Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League alight with his blazing skills, and from whose palm DeMbare got some their crucial goals from.

During those days, whenever Garikai was on fire, DeMbare were unstoppable.  His sublime dribbling skills and dazzling runs on the wing and with the combination of his brother Biggie, Elvis Chiweshe, Clayton Munemo and Memory Mucherahowa among others turned many a strong opposition into a group of amateurs.

“Dynamos gave me the best platform to showcase my skills. I won many trophies with them, including titles which I no longer recall. At Dynamos, I also won the Zifa Cup, Africa Trophy and the Netbrew Cup among other trophies,” added Zuze.

Because of his impressive performances for the Glamour Boys, Zuze attracted interest from outside the country which eventually took his talent to South Africa.

Zuze would also become an integral member of the national team, playing alongside such players as Stanley Ndunduma, Stix Mtizwa, Willard Khumalo, Rahman Gumbo, Joseph Machingura and Agent Sawu.

“I have good memories playing for the national team. There was a lot of competition for places in the first team. But I enjoyed every moment of it during my time with the national team.”

Zuze is however not happy with the minor role former players are given in the development of football in the country.

“It is embarrassing when former players are denied entry to watch football matches by administrators who forget that the former footballers contributed to the growth of the game in this country,” he said.

“Former players are not being recognized. I feel there should be places for former players in the development of football in the country. Most former players are living in poverty and nothing is being done to improve their welfare.”

Comments (2)

Sorry mr Garikai Zuze. You sound a man living with bitterness. Well the way i see it, is slightly different from yours.Getting express entry into football grounds and watching football matches will not benefit you much.The major point or issue here is how much players get during their playing days. That brings me to the point of contracts you guys are meant to sign when you are still valuable commodities.Most footballers play for the love of the game and the team they chose and how much they have some form of attachment to that particular team.They forget about the future. At one stage it was rumored that Mukamba might come back to Zimbabwe to rejoin Dynamos. And when i raised an issue about remunerations,bonuses, his future etc i got a shock of my life by the insults and criticism i received from De-Mbare supporters. There is no system in place that caters for the future welfare of players.Because of our chronic poverty our teams also transfer our most talented footballers for a song. So they benefit little in transfer fees. Poor contracts is the cause of poverty in future.The whole system is very unattractive. Sponsors will not put money into that chaos. Administrative boob to say the least.Sorry Garikai

SHAVA - 12 April 2014

Thanks for bringing back the memories,i enjoyed watching this Dembare team,although iam a die-hard CAPS fan...yes he was Bindura P2 they also called him HANDSOME PFOCHO....good player though!

lot chitakasha - 29 October 2014

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