Club : Old Georgians RUFC
Born on the 10th of May 1997 and raised in Mbare in a family of three siblings. Shingie or Hot Stepper is affectionately known in rugby circles after his side stepping exploits on the rugby field.
Sporting excellence runs in Shingirai Katsvere’s bloodline. Shingie is the grandson of the iconic and legendary Warriors and Dynamos football star Edward ‘Madhobha’ Katsvere. Edward ‘Eddie Madhobha’ Katsvere was part of the Dynamos invincibles that included Moses Chunga, David Mandigora etal and won all and sundry in the domestic premiership in 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1989.
Shingie went to Ardbennie primary school were he excelled in football taking after his grandfather Eddie Katsvere. While at Ardbennie primary school his best friend was Munashe Kamunda an avid football player. “We played together until a time Munashe dropped football and took up rugby. Initially I would wait for him and watch him play before home time. Not long after, I joined Munashe in playing rugby and there started my rugby career. Ironically my dad had always bought me rugby apparel and sporting gear and I remember telling him that I will never play rugby because”… I was going to be a soccer star like my granddad.” So I went for rugby training for about a week without him knowing.
At Ardbennie school we didn’t play enough of rugby so together with Munashe we joined our local club Mbare Academy under Coach Victor Pekani and Milton Rankeni. Every training session was lively and we developed into a strong and solid team that beat some of the well established rugby playing schools.
I graduated through the Mbare Academy system and secured a place at Churchill (The Bulldogs) High School were I went through the age grade rugby system. I grew in my rugby and I was very ambitious and wanted to scale the rugby heights. I made a deliberate and conscious decision to make the Great Migration and cross the Great Divide from Churchill (Bulldogs) to Prince Edward (The Tigers). In modern day sport it is like crossing the floor from Real Madrid to Barcelona, from Manchester City to Manchester United, and locally from Highlanders to Dynamos football club ( Two diametrically opposite and fierce competitors)I went to PE because they were the team in the spotlight and most of their Alumni got opportunities to advance their careers through rugby in foreign lands and even top the world Rugby stage such asTonderai Chavhanga. When I got to PE opportunities started to open up for me as we played top opposition week in week out. Initially it was weird being in a Hooped Maroon, Dark Green and white Jersey instead of the purple and white jersey but my coaches Mr DeSouza and teammates made me feel at home and I grew in the Tigers culture. Playing against Churchill was always an emotional game for me as both are great rugby playing schools in their own rights but now that I donned the Tigers Jersey I always had to give of my best and in both instances we prevailed over the Bulldogs. My most memorable game was my debut game for the Tigers, the game Tigers 🐅 Prince Edward vs The 👑 Kings Peterhouse College in 2014. This was the game I scored my first try for the Tigers. The game was played on a Wednesday at Half term of the second term 2014 and the Tigers (PE) won the mouth watering clash away to Peterhouse 35-19 and I scored two of the tries. What a debut I had for one of the best if not the best school boy rugby playing schools in Zimbabwe.
In 2015 I made the Zimbabwe Schools Craven Week team and this was to be beginning of my International career. We did well at the Craven week I was also called up for the Zimbabwe Rugby Union’s Young Sables U20. After schools I continued to turn out for Mbare Academy and I then got the chance to move to Pretoria and I took it and played for the Grizzlies rugby club in Pretoria. I was called up for the Young Sables U20 and I played in the Barthes Trophy for the next two years and in my final year I was the Young Sables U20 Captain. My most memorable game as an U20 young Sable was the game we lost by two points to Namibia when i was still 18 years old. In that game I scored four tries. It was however sad as we lost to Namibia to lose the spot in the Junior World Trophy.
I continued to work hard on my game and I signed up to play for the model rugby club in the country Old Georgians and in 2018 I got my Zimbabwe Sables debut call up against Morocco. I was one of the youngest players on the field and I scored two tries on my debut and my senior International career was kickstarted. In the same year I was called up for the Zimbabwe National Sevens team the Cheetahs for the Africa Cup tournament held in Monastir, Tunisia (2018) and on my debut with the Cheetahs we won the Africa Cup beating Uganda in a nail biting final where we came from behind to clinch the game in the sudden death of the Final. My debuts for the, Tigers, Sables and Cheetahs are special memories as the teams won the games and I played a major part in teams wins. I look forward to us getting back onto the rugby field and and taking this great nation to the World Cups in 2022 (7’s) and World Cup 2023 (Sables).
I pray that through the talents I have been endowed with I can be vehicle for positive behavioral change among the youth coupled with the key values I have learnt through rugby such as commitment, respect, discipline , solidarity and integrity. Rugby is indeed a way of life.
We are currently faced with the Covid-19 that threatens to wipe out nations if left undeterred and I urge all nations, our rugby loving nation to remain steadfast and observe all the Covid-19 protocols as directed by the WHO. We are stronger together -apart at this time. Let’s Practise social distancing,
always wear a mask 😷 and always wash your hands.
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