MUTARE-BORN international rugby player, Ngoni Chibuwe is earning praises in Romania after ending the season as one of the second highest tri-scorers.
Chibuwe joined Romania Supa Liga club — Steaua Bucharest — on a three-year contract, and the talented former Mutanda Primary School pupil has fitted in well in the star-studded outfit.
Together with other two players in the Romanian rugby top-flight league, Chibuwe scored the second highest with a total of 10, just one behind the highest tri- scorer.
“It has been a great year. I am working on a few things so that I can perform better. I still have two more years here at Steaua Bucharest. I hope to continue controlling those things I can control. I hope I will be able to help my team to get good results on the field of play.
“Last year was amazing. We didn’t win the final, but we were almost there. However, I am happy with the rating I am getting after managing to be one of the highest tri-scorers. My plan is to just enjoy the game as I go, and hope we will perform better, both as a team and as an individual,” said Chibuwe from his base in Romania.
The talented rugby player last featured for the Sables in 2019 when the team won the Victoria Cup.
The Sables player made his way into the Romania Supa Liga just before the 2019 rugby season after his marriage with Spanish giants, Getxo ended prematurely.
The soft spoken, yet steely rugby player, whose entrepreneurial mindset should set example for sportsmen in general and fellow rugby players in particular, recently confirmed that he is already operating a thriving sportswear gear business.
Before his move to Steaua Bucharest, Chibuwe was in Tomitanii Rugby Club books.
Chibuwe who hails from Mutare’s Dangamvura suburb attended Mutanda Primary School in Sakubva, Mutare Boys’ High School and later Hillcrest College before moving to South Africa to join the Shark Academy side.
His professional rugby career, however, set off in 2015 after being drafted into the Sharks Sevens rugby side.
In the same year, he received his first Sables cap after being selected to feature in the Hong Kong Cup of Nations tournament and his career has been on an upward trajectory ever since as he went on to make the Sharks’ squad for the 2017 Currie Cup qualifiers.
He has also recently established himself as a key member of the Cheetahs squad playing a key role in the World Cup qualifiers before featuring in almost all the team’s matches at the global showpiece.
He has featured for Old Georgians locally and South African club, Durban Collegians.
Chibuwe is also heavily involved in the development of rugby in Mutare after launching his rugby academy, Hearts of Stones in 2017.