Kurwaisimba: heart, soul of Tanganda

HARARE - Tanganda United’s triumph in the 1993 Castle Cup final over CAPS United will always be one of the greatest upsets in the history of Zimbabwean football.

The Mutare-based side were rank outsiders to win the trophy as CAPS at the time possessed some of the best talent on the domestic scene.

Tanganda however, defied the odds holding their more fancied opponents before winning the trophy 6-5 on penalties.

One of the key players in the Tanganda side was forward Webster Kurwaisimba, who was capable of conjuring up a goal from nothing to help win matches.

That final against CAPS was probably Kurwaisimba’s best game for Tanganda and it also became his last in the local league.

“I will always remember that game. We played very well. It was the best moment in my life. By then I was also the captain of the team and our coach was Misheck Marimo (Chidzambwa),” recalls Kurwaisimba.

The following season, Kurwaisimba moved to Botswana and Tanganda’s franchise was eventually sold.

“Like anyone else it is very sad that your former team which honed your skills is now defunct. I moved to Botswana in search of greener pastures where I joined Township Rollers and we won some trophies and the championship then our coach was Freddy Mwila.”

Kurwaisimba, now 50, had begun his career as a young boy when he was still at Vhumbunu Primary School in Manicaland province.

“I started playing football as early as 1971 when I was in Grade One at Vhumbunu while living with my grandparents,” Kurwaisimba he says.

“I later went to Mutare and Chisamba Primary School where I played for the school team.

“We won all the trophies in Manicaland, from there I went to Sakubva Secondary School where I continued with my football.

“I was already playing for the senior team when in Form One and played for Manicaland Under-18 for the National Coca-Cola tournament and we won the trophy.”

After shining at the Coca-Cola tournament, Kurwaisimba joined Tanganda, who were still in Division One at that point.

He did not stay long at Tanganda after former Black Mambas coach Daniel Chikanda persuaded him to come to Harare.

He helped the Zimbabwe Republic Police side win promotion into the top flight league that same season.

“I only stayed with Mambas for two seasons from 1987 to 88 before moving back to Tanganda at the end of the 1988 season,” he says.

“At Black Mambas, I played alongside players like Masimba Dinyero, Saul Chaminuka, Shepherd Onyimo and Gilbert Kapuka.”

After moving back to Tanganda, the Mutare side was now under the guidance of Rewai Matondo, the late Jimmy Malomo and James Muhala.

At the club, Kurwaisimba teamed up with the likes of Lloyd Mutasa, Mavhuna Mudare, Spencer Ngowe, Ford Chitakatira, Emmanuel Maluwa, William Chari, Kudzanai Kadzirange, the late Matondo bothers, Ian and Cliff, and Jimmy Kapitau.

That same year, with Kurwaisimba’s help, Tanganda were eventually promoted to the top flight league.

Tanganda had a decent run in the top division and the major highlight was that win over CAPS in the Castle Cup.

After relocating to Botswana, Kurwaisimba enjoyed another successful spell at Rollers before eventually calling time on his career before the turn of the millennium.

“I retired in 1999 and after that I joined Black Peril as a coach. Currently I’m the head coach of Rolling Boys FC in the Botswana National First Division South which is sponsored by Security Systems,” he says.

“For my football career success, I would like to thank Muhala and Maxwell Chisakuwana, who were my coaches at junior level.

“I would also like to thank all members of my family for their support especial my late father Kenneth Kurwaisimba, who died in January this year.”

Comments (1)

I salute Tanganda Football club, i remember i was staying in Dangamvura Homeownership those days..You made us proud

thomson manasi - 1 June 2017

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