Former Warriors Goalkeeper John Sibanda Dies

The 43 year-old former Zimbabwe Saints goalkeeper died at his Bulawayo home on Wednesday and was due to be buried at Luveve Cemetery on Thursday.

The former Warriors goalkeeper was forced into retirement after the costly blunder that cost Zimbabwe a place at the Africa Cup of Nations. Zimbabwe was on the brink of qualifying when Sibanda let in a harmless goal from the then Zaire now Democratic Republic of Congo at the National Stadium in 1992.
Sibanda immediately retired into coaching in the mid 1990s after that historical blunder.

Sibanda’s uncle Mawere Muchineuta said his nephew’s body will lie in state at his house Number 2316 Pumula South tonight and will be laid to rest at Luveve Cemetery.

Sibanda was born in Bulawayo on 12 January 1966 and did his primary education at Mpumelelo Primary School in Mpopoma.

He then moved on to Msitheli Secondary School for his secondary education. It was when he was at Msitheli that he joined the Zimbabwe Saints juniors before he joined Highlanders and went back to Saints.

Sibanda worked for Pats Bargains in the 1990s and joined Meikles as a departmental manager in 2000 and left four years later when he was section manager.

After his schooldays at Msitheli, Sibanda shot into the Zimbabwe Saints first team getting the better of Ben Phiri and Alban Mafemba and becoming a key member of the Chikwata team that won the championship in 1988.

He is survived by his wife Siphiwe who is working in the UK, daughter Tendai (19) and son Farai (14).