Mercedes Sibanda

From Pindula

Mercedes "Rambo" Sibanda was a veteran soccer play who in the prime of his career played for the City of Kings giants iBosso and the National Team The Dream Team. in 1987 Rambo was crowned soccer player of the year. He was affectionately known as Rambo because he was strong and had big round muscles. This was the best right-back that Highlanders and the national team ever had.

Mercedes Rambo Sibanda


Mercedes Sibanda was born on 4 February 1966. He used to play for Highlanders. Mercedes was born in Zimbabwe's second-largest city Bulawayo in Mzilikazi Suburb. He attended Lobengula primary school where he was an avid sportsman. According to one of his friends Mercedes's parents could not put him through secondary school. Rambo joined Mzilikazi Youth centre when he was 11, and he was scouted by Highlanders fro the youth centre. Rambo together with Zimunya joined Highlanders Junior


After joining Highlanders Junior Rambo proved that he was not an amateur and was soon part of the team that was selected to be part of the squad that was going to do duty at Aberdeen City International Football Annual Festival in Scotland.

Captan-ing Highlanders Junior, the boys managed to beat fancied Australian team Melbourne select 1-0, win over Italy 4-0 and disposed hosts Aberdeenshire 3-0 for the penultimate round. In the semi-final, they met Group B runners and defending champions Rosslyn sports of Scotland and thrashed them 3-0.[1]

Rambo was part of the 7 Bosso players who were part of the Under 20 national Soccer team during his time. His friend Zimunya told one publication how he was a disciplined individual who always came early for practice and conducted individual training sessions.

Rambo was also part of the Under-20 national teams that won the Cosafa Youth Cup three times in a row


Mercedes died in 2002 when he was just 36. He has retired from soccer 4 years earlier in 1988.


Soccer Star Of The Year 1987


  1. Sunday News, Play For Rambo And Other Fallen Heroes, 9 September 2019, Retrieved 14 August 2019,