FORMER Zimbabwe and Dynamos striker Edward Sadomba hopes to use the vast knowledge he has accumulated during a glittering career spurning almost two decades to help fight poverty in Zimbabwe.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is currently looking for US$130 million in order to help over five million Zimbabweans in need of aid this year alone.
The situation has been made worse by the global spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) which has so far killed three people here and infected 10.
Sadomba, who finally hung up his boots at the end of last year, wants to use his position of influence to help under-privileged but talented young sports people around the country realise their dreams and thereby escape from squalor.
The 36-year-old was born and bred on the dusty streets of Mbare but through football rose to become one of the best strikers on the continent.
After initially horning his skills at the now defunct Agatha Shaneti Soccer Academy, Sadomba moved to South Africa to join Maritzburg United in 2004 and stayed there for two seasons.
He returned to Zimbabwe to join DeMbare in 2006 helping fire the Glamour Boys to the 2007 league glory and the semi-finals of the African Champions League the following year.
Those exploits saw him attract the attention of some of Africa’s top teams before eventually enjoying stints with Bidvest Wits (South Africa), Liga Muculumana (Mozambique), Al-Hilal (Sudan), Al-Ittihad Kalba (UAE), Al Ahly Tripoli and Al Ahli Benghazi.
With his playing career now firmly behind, Sadomba has set up his Excel Sports Consultants company to help young Zimbabweans realise their sporting potential.
“We offer career guidance lessons to athletes and we have very strong links globally offering local and international scholarships.
“The aim is to fight poverty and drugs through sport and helping people to excel through different sporting disciplines since people have different backgrounds,” Sadomba told the Daily News yesterday. Sadomba credits football for shaping his life after he lost his father at the age of three with his mother taking over as the family’s breadwinner.
“Sport changed my life as you know; I grew up in a very difficult environment.
“From a Mbare street boy to become the African Champions League (2011) and African Confederation (2012) top goal scorer and currently African Clubs Competition all-time top scorers top 10 list is a great achievement.
“My ambition is to open a way for other athletes to do better no matter their background, race, gender and colour.”