Leeroy Mavunga

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Leeroy Mavunga
Leeroy Mavunga
Leeroy Mavunga
Born(1998-12-06)December 6, 1998
ResidenceZimbabwe
NationalityZimbabwean
Occupation
  • Footballer.
Years active2016 to Present
EmployerCAPS United Football Club

Leeroy Mavunga is a Zimbabwean-born footballer who plays in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League for CAPS United Football Club as a midfielder. He has also featured for Zimbabwe men's senior football team, the Warriors and former Yadah FC player.

Background

Mavunga was born on the 6th of December 1998. [1] After sensational performances for his club, Yadah FC, Mavunga was called up to the national team while he was only aged 18, for regional tournament the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament.[2]

Career

Leeroy started playing football at the age of 17 years in 2016 for Yadah FC. In that same year he made a breakthrough, he saw himself being called for national duty for the U17 and U20 teams. His stock started rising and he was called up to play for the U23 and the senior national team, the Warriors. He had his best moments playing for Yadah FC from 2016 up to 2019 when he signed for Harare giants, CAPS United Football Club in 2020. The big move did not go as expected after the season could not kick off after being affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Trials at Portuguese champions Benfica

After impressing in the local Premiership, Mavunga attracted the attention of Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Benfica and was invited for trials at the club. [2] However, he had to postpone his departure for Portugal, as he had been called up to the men's senior national team and needed to play in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament.[2]

Awards

  • ZIFA Northern Region Division One best player and title winner (2016)
  • Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League Young Player of the Year (2017)
  • Benfica Best Player of the Week and the tournament (Portugal, 2018)


References

  1. Fussball Talents, Football Talents, Accessed: 24 June 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Henry Mhara, Yadah FC star off to Benfica, NewsDay, Accessd:24 June 2017