Buffaloes living up to their name

17 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Buffaloes living up to their name Buffaloes coach Shepherd Nkata

The ManicaPost


Ray Bande
Senior Reporter


JUST like the wild predator called buffalo, with its large ox-like stature, horns and shaggy fur, is known for its perplexing ability to swim, utilise teamwork, and being extremely dangerous, Eastern Region Soccer League side, Buffaloes FC are turning out to be one of the 2024 season Premiership promotion contenders.

Together with log leaders, FC Wangu Mazodze, they are the only teams yet to taste defeat after five rounds of league matches.

The Mutare army outfit which has won four of their league matches so far, and drew once is just two points behind the Masvingo-based FC Wangu Mazodze.

Apparently, Buffaloes FC is one of Mutare’s football clubs with its own bonafide fans who identify with it even after spending years out of the top-flight league.

Lack of corporate partnership is the army side’s greatest undoing.

The Mutare outfit has over the years relied on individual businesspersons for handouts, some of them with ulterior motives other than the love of the game and the club.

Buffaloes head coach, Shepherd Nkata, himself a rock solid defender during his hey days, believes his team has what it takes to compete favourably in this 2024 campaign.


Nkata urged the local corporate community to chip in and exploit the mileage that comes with partnering with arguably the longest surviving football institution in the city.

“I think we have started the season well and we will do our best to compete favourably with all the other teams in the Eastern Region Division One League until the last match of the season.

“There is unity of purpose prevailing at the club from the players, technical team and executive committee running the affairs of the club, which is good for progress.

“We just hope and pray that we maintain the tempo and ensure that we keep the momentum. The onus is also on the local corporate community to come in and help in the restoration of pride for the genuine Mutare football club,” said Nkata.

Buffaloes will, however, be in a real test of character when they visit log leaders, FC Wangu Mazodze this weekend for a league match at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo.

Elsewhere in the league, fellow outfit, Mutare City Rovers will engage St Paul’s Musami in Murehwa, while Manica Diamonds Juniors make the long trip to Renco Mine.


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