Olonga coming back home-for good

Darlington Majonga

FORMER Zimbabwe captain Victor Olonga is heading home for good after spending a decade as a professional rugby player in the United Kingdom. Olonga (30) has decided to return to Zimbabwe &

#8220;for personal reasons”, according to media reports from Cornwall, where he was based.


The skilful centre, who has starred both as a wing and fullback for Zimbabwe, spent eight years at Penzance & Newlyn RFC, also known as Pirates, before moving last season to Mount’s Bay RFC.


Olonga’s career in the UK started after he impressed Pirates club president Dicky Evans with his amazing speed and side-steps while turning out for Zimbabwe at the Kenya Sevens tournament in the late 80s. The Zimbabwean star was a key player at Pirates before moving to Mount’s Bay, a team established in 1999.


It could not be established whether Olonga wants to resume his career in the local league, but the outspoken player was suspended for two seasons from national duty and all forms of rugby in Zimbabwe in 2003 after influencing a player revolt ahead of an international qualifier against Madagascar.


It is understood Olonga was also working part-time as a waste operative in the UK.