Zim's own Aubameyang

SPOTTING a loud mohawk hairstyle, you can easily mistake Talbott Mthombeni for Gabon captain and Borrusia Dortmund football ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The former Shabanie Mine forward, who is now turning out for the Midlands State University (MSU), just like Aubameyang, hopes to use his football skills and academic studies to bring world peace.

Aubameyang is a cult hero in his native country where he is one of the voice of reason whenever conflict arises.

Mthombeni, a former Young Warriors striker, is currently pursing Peace and Conflict studies at MSU which he hopes to one day use to bring some stability in the many volatile hotspots in Africa.

Peace and Conflict Studies is a social science field that identifies and analyses violent and non-violent behaviours as well as the structural mechanisms attending conflicts (including social conflicts) with a view towards understanding those processes which lead to a more desirable human condition.

“Peace is seen as the absence of war, violence, or conflict. Curiously, there is a contradiction; if conflict is essential to life, and if peace is the absence of conflict, then peace means death,” Mthombeni told the Weekend Post.

“I hope to bring peace around the world. Where there’s violence, I’m hoping to bring peace and stability but peace from what I have learnt so far is that it is not only the absence of tension, but the presence of justice.”

The ex-Young Warriors player had a good outing at the 17th edition of the ZITSU games at Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College in Harare last month, guiding MSU to victory in the men’s soccer finals.

Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (Zusa) emerged overall winners with 117 medals comprising of 44 gold, 41 silver and 32 bronze.

The Technical Education of Zimbabwe (Tesaz) finished in second place with 42 medals; 16 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze while Zimbabwe Colleges Sports Association (Zitcosa) anchored the bottom with a total of 62 medals made up of 14 gold, 20 silver and 28 bronze medals.

“The games were ok, I just want to thank God for guiding me throughout the tournament and for the chance he accorded me to play for MSU, the best college in the country,” Mthombeni said.

The 25-year-old Mthombeni is still hopeful of making a comeback in the Castle Lager Premiership once he finishes his studies.
“I hope to bounce back to topflight league again and do my best so that I can get a national team call-up,” he said.

“It has always been my dream to play for my country and having done so at junior level it is naturally every player’s dream to cap it up with a senior national team call-up.”

The forward broke into the Shabanie Mine team a few seasons ago and went on to play alongside the likes of Tafadzwa “Lecturer” Mombeshora, Caleb Masocha, Smart Muchabaiwa and Tarisai Rukanda.
—Austin Karonga

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