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Una Una remains my home-former striker

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Una Una remains my home-former striker




KWEKWE–The gangling former Masvingo United Football Club gunman, Simbarashe ‘Poko’ Gate (36) is rallying behind his former club and said that his heart is still with Una Una as the club is popularly known.  In an exclusive interview with The Mirror, Gate confessed that even though he left Una Una for other clubs; it (Una Una) remains his best club. According to Gate he won over 20 trophies during his career spanning over 22 years. 

The nomadic Gate who arrived in Masvingo in 2005 from the now defunct Bindura-based Mwana Africa FC left Una Una 2008 for greener pastures. He said that he managed to bang in 13 goals in six months after his arrival to become the club’s top goal scorer. He is now running his own academy in the Midlands Province called Simbarashe Gate (SG) Academy football club. Gate went on to say his academy will feed players into Una Una just to strengthen it and increase their chances of playing in the premier league.   

During his heydays the forceful striker who first played in the premier league at a tender age of 14 donned several jerseys locally and internationally.  He also played for Mutare Highway FC (2009), the formerly Willard Khumalo-coached Botswana outfit Tafic FC (2009); Highlanders FC (2010), Mozambique’s Feroviaro Da Beira FC (2011) and the Indian Mahamandan Sporting Club. 

While at Una Una Gate was called for national duty and played adorned in national colours during the 2006 Sasol Under 23 tournament played in South Africa and managed to grab the only goal in the one all draw against Mozambique. 

Although Zimbabwe won Zimbabwe 2-0 against Ghana in a game played on January 8 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, drew one all with Mozambique on January 9 at Mohlakeng Stadium in Mohlakeng, they were bundled out of the tournament by Ivory Coast after losing 0-1 on Jan 11 at George Thabe Stadium in Sharpeville and finished on third position in Group B. The young Warriors went on to lose 1-2 to Lesotho for a Fifth Place Match played on January 15 at George Thabe Stadium in Sharpeville.

“I always feel Una Una is my home because it helped to build my confidence and nurtured me to be who I’m today. When I was at the club I scored 13 goals between June and December 2005. My memorable feat is when I was awarded the top goal scorer in OK Woza Bhora tournament after scoring seven goals.

“Football has been my life since I was a kid. We used to play a plastic ball. I got bursary from SPAR Supermarket and they paid for my fees from Grade 5 to 7 at Chana primary School in Mbizo. I attended my secondary at Manunure High School and I played for the now defunct Lancashire Steel FC when I was in Form 1 and went to play for Border Strikers FC in Beitbridge when I was in Form 3,” said Gate. 

My advice to the young footballers is that they should train hard, remain disciplined, and focus on achieving their goals. One must always set achievable goals and remain humble. I was inspired to play football by the late Argentine legend, Diego Maradona, and my elder brother the Peter kept encouraging me.”

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