The transition from being a performer to becoming a footballer is not very common nor an easy one. However, Esrom Nyandoro not only embraced the challenge but he thrived and became one of the finest Zimbabwean talents ever to grace the South African football space.
I will never forget the days when I was in the theatre and the trip I made to Scotland as a singer, poet, and actor. I still remember what it feels to be an entertainer and performer on the stage. During those moments, I knew there was more to achieve in entertainment and I am glad I took that step towards playing football when I joined Zimbabwe Saints Academy when we returned from Scotland." Esrom stated.
The Yellowman further described his first experience with The Brazilians and how his talent was honed at an early stage.
"When I joined the club, there were a couple of other newly acquired players like Thabiso Rammile, Vuyo Mere, and Surprise Moriri, just to mention a few. The team had so much talent across the pitch with stars like Clement Mazibuko, Raphael Chukwu, Daniel Mudau, Sipho Nunens, Godfrey Sapula, and Lucas Sebona."
Esrom also showed his brilliance for his native country Zimbabwe. During their maiden outing at the 2004 African Cup of Nations, the midfield engine scored a thunderbolt against Cameroon that was unanimously voted the Goal Of The Tournament. The Yellowman speaks on that epic strike and his joy of being an African.
“That goal has never left my mind and it will remain one of my most memorable moments as a footballer. I represented my country for 11 years and I get goosebumps whenever I hear the national anthem of my nation before a game. I love the continent of Africa because we are distinct in our languages, fashion, food, music, culture, and much more. The 2010 World Cup in South Africa gave us a perfect example of how Africans can be united and we must continue to embrace that,” concluded the Bulawayo-born midfielder. Esrom Nyandoro’s FAST FACTS Best player to have played with? There are too many to mention but I will go with Ronald Sibanda and Surprise Moriri. Best Coach ever? It has to be Angel Cappa. He made us play that shoe shine and piano footy. Best Goal scored? Two goals will always stand out. The strike against Cameroon at the 2004 AFCON. The other one was against TP Mazembe in the 2007 Confederation Cup. I scored a long-range volley on my left foot while I was struggling with a hamstring injury. Best dribbler you played with? It has to be Surprise Moriri. He had a way with the ball and could make things happen with it. He had a great first touch. Most stylish footballer played with? Peter Ndlovu, Teko Modise, and myself of course. Favourite African dish? I am a big fan of pap, wors and chakalaka. Favourite movie? I love comic, action movies and TV series. Ideal five-a-side team? Brian Baloyi, Vuyo Mere, Surprise Moriri, Raphael Chukwu, and myself. It has been more than two decades since Esrom made that switch from the stage to the pitch. While he was a great performer during his entertainment days, his contributions to football at Mamelodi Sundowns will always be talked about for generations to come.