By Trevor Makonyonga
It was a memorable two days for former FS Raiders versatile player, Ropafadzo Madya, as she signed a professional contract with Boland Women’s Rugby this past Friday and made her debut for the outfit.
Speaking to Bustop TV, the Boland forward said the moment “felt surreal”.
“I came off the bench in the second half and it felt surreal, its a dream come true. I loved every minute on the pitch mainly because the team is like family, looking out for each other on and off the ball. I cannot wait to play more games for Boland and win them as well. I was emotional after the game because i know there are people who are very proud of me and have been supporting me all the way, i am grateful for that and i will keep working hard. I want to thank God for opening this first door to many more as promised.”
The 21-year-old got introduced to rugby at Goromonzi High School when she was 15 and became part of the amazing programme led by coach, Prosper Mubaiwa at the school.
It was not only rugby that the then centre was good at as she scored 15points at A level.
Currently in her final year at Stellenbosch University for a Bcomm in Accounting degree, she was part of the Maties team until the time she signed her professional contract.
She made Zimbabwe U18 in 2016 and 2017 and was part of the Zimbabwe senior sevens in 2017 at the Africa Cup tournament in Tunisia. She also played the same tournament in Botswana 2018 when she was A level.
She played fifteen for Zimbabwe U20 in 2019 when Zim played SA U20 at Prince Edward.
Joined FS Raiders RFC as one of the pioneering players in 2016. She was part of the FS Raiders SA tour squad in 2020 for the Tuks 7s tourney.