Discipline key at Rundu Warriors

28 November 2018 | Sports

Rundu Warriors, a social football team based at Rundu, is focused on grooming players from the community to be responsible and disciplined at all times.

Established in 2015, the team was first known as Zim Stars as it was dominated by Zimbabwean nationals.

But as time went by the team started incorporating players from the local community, who then saw the need for renaming.

In an interview with Ewi lyaNooli, Rundu Warriors coach Mathias Muzvarirwi shared how the team has transformed over the years, what has kept the team intact since its inception and what their future plans are. Muzvarirwi said Rundu Warriors is a social club which represents the community of Rundu.

It accommodates players from as young as 15 to over 40.

“Rundu Warriors is a community team. People join the team for various reasons; some for fitness, some of the players want to learn how to play soccer and we have the players who are very skilled. In a nutshell, the team is open to everyone,” Muzvarirwi said.

Muzvarirwi said the idea behind the team is to promote positive behaviour and to keep the youth busy.

He said the basic principles of the team are strict discipline and high morale.

“As much as we accommodate anyone, we do not compromise on our principles, which are self-discipline, respecting the next person, and being committed and focused at all times. If you possess those qualities, you surely have what it takes to be part of Rundu Warriors.”

The team trains from Tuesday to Friday at the sports field opposite Rudolf Ngondo Primary School. Weekends are reserved for matches in and around Rundu.

“Our weekends are always packed with matches where we create a platform for our players to play matches against other teams. We go deep into the villages and play against those teams under unpredictable circumstances just for the sake of football, because we are passionate about soccer,” Muzvarirwi said.

Asked whether the team participates in local football tournaments, Muzvarirwi said they have won several of them.

“First of all, we are not just a social club; this is a team of passionate young men who have a winning mentality. We do not just participate but we compete in those tournaments.

“So far we only lost three of them in which we participated and won about eight. We mean business, I tell you.”

Funding is always a problem, and the team managers sometimes dig deep in their own pockets to keep the team afloat.

“Our biggest challenge is the lack of funds. We travel as far as Divundu, about 200 km away from Rundu, which means that we use our private vehicles and petrol is not cheap. When it comes to football, money is very important because you need to buy equipment,” Muzvarirwi said.

He said that they have knocked on the doors of various organisations for sponsorships and the response has not been that good, although they have received some pledges.

Muzvarirwi called on the business community to support them, as donations and sponsorships will benefit both the current and future generations.

“We would appreciate if companies come on board and sponsor the team. Their investments will be assisting all those players who are willing to succeed in football,” Muzvarirwi said.

He also called on social teams across the country to link up with them and together plan future games, which is good for networking.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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