Bosso, Family, politicians remember football legend Mercedes ‘Rambo’ Sibanda

Zimstar Sports

Highlanders Football Club Sunday joined late club legend Mercedes Rambo Sibanda’s family unveil the tombstone of the former Warriors right back.

Sibanda died in 2002 when he was just 36.

Famed for his rickety legs commonly known as iziqwanga in Ndebele and a robust frame, Rambo is no doubt one of the club’s greatest legends.

He was nicknamed after Rambo, the legendary masculine American action film star.

Zimbabwe’s 1987 soccer star of the year featured in the history making Zimbabwe Senior Men’s football squad that came within 90 minutes of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in America 1994.

The then Reinhard Fabisch coached Dream Team also featured the likes of current the famous Ndlovu brothers – Madinda, Adam (late) and Peter – current Warriors coach Norman Mapeza, then Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, Ephraim Chawanda, Willard Khumalo (late) Rahman Gumbo, Vitalis Takawira, Agent Sawu, Moses Chunga and the late Benjamin Konjera.

 

Mercedes Sibanda
Rambo in national team colours

Speaking at the ceremony Sunday, former Bosso coach and club legend Cosmas Tsano Zulu exulted in Sibanda’s free kick taking prowess.

“No player in this country could shoot those booming shots like Rambo. Is there any player who can pack shots like Rambo?

“So many are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. Ladies and gentlemen, that’s the man lying here. Rest in peace Rambo,” he said.

Rambo, a hilarious character, would not hesitate to pack thunderous shots straight into opponents’ walls, often leaving those forming the walls ducking the  thunderbolts.

Bulawayo provincial Minister of State Honourable Judith Ncube, Mayor Solomon Mguni, deputy Mayor Mlandu Ncube, long time Bosso benefactor Tshinga Dube, Bosso President Ndumiso Gumede and former chairman Peter Dube graced the occasion.