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FC Platinum teen hopeful

Japhet Essien Makwarimba

Latwell Nyangu, Sports Reporter

SEVENTEEN-year-old FC Platinum player Japhet Essien Makwarimba reckons the sky is the limit for him.

The young player traces back to how he has rose from a school boy player to the premier league.

“I was at Lord Malvern School before I was selected by Conway College through a scholarship to learn at their school.

“I went there as a form 3 pupil in 2017 up to 2018.


Japhet Essien Makwarimba

“Towards end of year in 2018 we had a tournament with top 4 Harare Schools league and we played the champions league of super 8.

“During that tournament there were some scouters from FC Platinum and I was fortunate to be selected,” he said.

Makwarimba said he was transformed by the then Coach Norman Mapeza to be a better player.

“I went to FC Platinum in 2019 where I started playing as a left back but naturally I am a front left winger.

“Coach Norman Mapeza would train me before he left and until now I am still playing as a left back.

“I am a forward player but coach Mapeza placed me behind because his play, anoda munhu asingarase bhora, that’s why he put me kumashure.

“But I am a utility player and I have 45 caps including friendly matches,” he added.

Meanwhile, Makwarimba said, he is grateful of his mother who has been a pillar of strength.


“My dad died when I was young in 2004. I didn’t know a lot of things and I grew up under the guidance of my mother.

“She has been supporting me since then and I am looking forward to make a breakthrough in football.

“With God I will go far and Yolk Africa selected me to be part of this year’s Widows Commemorations since my mother is a widow.

“In solidarity with a global campaign initiated by Yolk Africa in conjunction with UN I was nominated to add a voice in celebrating widows since I was raised by widow,” he said.

Every year Yolk Africa commemorates World Widows Day a United Nations ratified day to raise awareness about the plight of millions of Widows and their children around the world.