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Highlanders FC
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Full name Highlanders Football Club
Nickname(s) Siyinqaba (We are a fortress), Bosso, Bossolona, Mantengwane, Tshilamoya, Ithimu yezwe lonke, HighLanga
Founded 1926; 88 years ago (1926)
Ground Barbourfields Stadium
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Ground Capacity 40,000
Chairman Peter Dube
Manager Willard Mashinkila Khumalo
Coach vacant
League Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League
2013 2nd

Highlanders FC is a Zimbabwean football club based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, formed in 1926 that plays in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League.


19th century- Colonialists decided to placate the Ndebele King Lobengula with a proposal to send his grand sons to study in the Cape Province in South Africa. The names of the two grandsons were Albert and Rhodes who were sons of Njube. 1926 - The two brothers returned from South Africa where Albert had completed studies in agriculture at Tsolo Agricultural School and Rhodes completed studies in book-keeping at Lovedale Institute. Both had taken to football as extra mural activities. Rhodes continued playing soccer and formed a team called the Lions Football Club, composed mainly of boys born in Makokoba (Bulawayo's oldest township).

1936 - the players changed the name to Matebeleland Highlanders Football Club.

1966 - the Rhodesia National Football League (RNFL) asked Highlanders to join them. The agreed and two years later was drafted into the 2nd Division. Highlanders finished top on their first year and were promoted to Division One.

1970 - the team was in the Super League, but after collecting just 7 points, they were relegated back to the First Division but were back in the top flight again a year later in 1971.

1972 - a British export joined the side, Tony McIlveen, from Northern Ireland. Tony had previous experience playing semi-professionally for Irish League side Crusaders, and whilst not known for his height, his tenacity as a midfield dynamo was an added bonus to the vastly improving side.

1973 - Highlanders FC won the Chibuku Trophy, beating high profile Mangula at Rufaro Stadium. Players who clinched the honours included Ananias Dube, Billy Sibanda, Kenny Ngulube, Edward Dzowa, Andrew Jele, Tommy Masuku, Lawrence Phiri, Josiah Nxumalo, Geoffrey Mpofu, Boet Van As, Tymon Mabaleka, Gavin Dubely, Bruce Grobbelaar, Barry Daka, Tony McIlveen and others.

1976 - Highlanders got dissatisfied with the national administration led by Mr. John Madzima and pulled out of the RNFL and formed the South Zone Soccer League (SZSL). Some disgruntled senior members of the team broke away from Highlanders to form their own club, Olympics. They even took the Black&White strip. But highlanders survived. The teams that formed the nucleus of the SZSL were Black Chiefs, Callies, Portuguese, Old Miltonians and Highlanders (all from Byo.), Black Horrors (Plumtree), Ramblers (Gwanda), and Go Beer Rovers (Gwelo).

1979 - most Harare-based clubs saw the wisdom of Highlanders' decision and lent their support to the club against the injusticies of the national association, i.e. unfair gate takings distribution, improper methods of accounting of finances, and that certain teams were being favoured. The National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) was then formed as a result.

1980 - NPSL and the RNFL were merged to form Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA).

1986 - a group of senior players left after falling out with the executive over money. Apprentices were upgraded to the senior team. Players who included the likes of Rahman Gumbo, Mercedes Sibanda, Willard "Nduuuna" Mashinkila-Khumalo, Madinda Ndlovu, Dumisani Ngulube and many others. In Zimbabwe players from Highlanders who have played at the highest level of professional football in the world include players like Peter Ndlovu, Bruce Grobelaar and Benjani Mwaruwari.

Highlanders is the second most supported club in Zimbabwe with over 1 million supporters after Dynamos who have over 7 million supporters.The support for these two clubs emanates from tribal grounds were Highlanders are supported by Ndebele speaking people whilst Dynamos is supported by Shona speaking people.


Highlanders most bitter rival is Dynamos from Harare and the matches between these two giants have been dubbed "Battle of Zimbabwe".The battles between Bosso and Dembare are similar to those ones between the two Soweto Giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa in the Soweto derby.CAPS United is also another Bosso's rival and the matches pitting these two teams have been dubbed "Battle of the Cities".


1958, 1975(Then Rhodesia National Soccer League), 1990, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
1990, 2001
1986, 1988, 1991, 2001, 2002, 2011
  • Zimbabwean Charity Shield: 2
2001, 2005
1973, 1980,1984,1986,1989

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2000 - Second Round
2001 - First Round
2002 - First Round
2003 - Second Round
2007 - First Round
1991 - Second Round
1994 - disqualified in First Round
2008 - Round of 16
2011 - withdrew in Preliminary Round
1986 - First Round
1987 - First Round
1992 - First Round

Current squad 2014[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
- Zimbabwe GK Ariel Sibanda
- Zimbabwe GK Njabulo Nyoni
- Zimbabwe GK Munyaradzi Diya
- Zimbabwe DF Erick Mudzingwa
- Zimbabwe DF Felix Chindungwe
- Zimbabwe DF Innocent Mapuranga
- Zimbabwe DF Dumisani Ndlovu
- Zimbabwe DF Bruce Kangwa
- Zimbabwe DF Chakafana Graciano
- Zimbabwe MF Joel Ngozo
- Zimbabwe MF Peter Moyo
- Zimbabwe MF Godfrey Makaruse
- Zimbabwe MF Knox Mutizwa
- Zimbabwe MF Kudakwashe Mahachi
- Zimbabwe MF Heritein Masuku
No. Position Player
- Zimbabwe MF Simon Munawa
- Zimbabwe MF Mthulisi Maphosa
- Zimbabwe MF Hillary Madzivanyika
- Zimbabwe MF Knox Mutizwa
- Zimbabwe MF Valentine Ndaba
- Zimbabwe MF Rahman Katsanzira
- Zimbabwe MF Welcome Ndiweni
- Zimbabwe MF Jerry Simfuwe
- Zimbabwe MF Khumbulani Banda
- Zimbabwe FW Charles Sibanda
- Zimbabwe FW Milton Ncube
- Zimbabwe FW Mgcini Sibanda
- Zimbabwe FW Graham Ncube
- Zimbabwe FW Cleopas Dube
- Zimbabwe FW Ozias Zibande



Vice Chairman

Club Secretary


Committee Member

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Goalkeeper's Coach

Team Manager

  • Zimbabwe [Willard Khumalo]]

Team Doctor

Team Physiotherapist

Notable former coaches[edit]


  1. ^ "Peter Dube new Bosso chairman". DailyNews. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Squad - Highlanders FC". FootballZone. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 

Doughty Sithole played for highlanders - 1976 to 1980 Daved sibanda Augstine Lunga Majuta Mpofu Phenious Mabalrka Tenson Moloi motgan Phiri Thuthani Moyo Yona malunga Tobias Mudlambanje nqobizitha mayedzanise rone jowa

Must include Douglas "British Never Surrender" "Sa No" Mloyi. One of the greatest defenders Highlanders has produced.

Mention must also be made of Ndumiso Gumede, the former chairman of the club who contributed a lot to the club for many years.

Also one of the greatest Managers of Highlanders was none other than Lawerence Phiri.

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