Bosso 90 dynamic midfielder and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Sports Science final year student Dominic ‘Yaya’ Jaricha who has scored eight Zifa Southern Region Division One League goals so far this campaign is hoping to replicate his infield scoring form in pursuit of his life and academic goals.
Born in Masvingo, Zaka district at Ndanga hospital on the 7th day of December 1996, Jaricha has become more of a Bulawayo boy as he moved to the city in the year 2000, at the age of four.
He went on to do his early education at J.W Mthimkhulu primary school, he went on to do his secondary education at Cyrene High School.
Jaricha is not only concerned about scoring goals inside the pitch, but academic and life goals as well.
“I aspire to play in some of the world’s best leagues and represent my nation Zimbabwe at all the FIFA competitions available. I also want to serve my country in other sectors with footballing money. Football is a highly paying job which need to be taken seriously,” he said Jaricha who has a lot of admiration of former national team midfielders Esrom Nyandoro, Tinashe ‘Father’ Nengomasha and Ronald ‘Gidiza’ Sibanda.
On his inspiration at a global level Jaricha said; “In world football, Ronaldinho is boss. I have also gotten to like Yaya Toure, I see much of myself in him in all attributes and I have been since called Yaya. More over I like how Busquets plays,” he added.
Jaricha joined the Bosso 90 in 2017 coming from then Zifa Southern Region Division One League new comers Chiwororo, who had finished the 2016 Zifa Bulawayo Province Division Two league as log leaders, with their then 19-year-old striker Leroy Mbewe finishing the campaign as the league top goal scorer with 26 goals.
Yaya who came in and established himself as a key piece of the Melusi Sibanda coached Highlanders developmental side admits it is not an easy balancing education and football, although he is managing, thanks to his flexible supervisors at both ends.
“Balancing school work and my job is never easy. It alters timetables and training programmes. I have been lucky enough to have both my organisations being flexible,” Jaricha said.
“I am much grateful to my Lecturers because they are in support of my job so I would go to have one on one sessions with them for the classes I would have missed,” he added.
The 23-year-old’s eight goals have come against Moto Moto (2), Arenel(1),Ciwu (1),Toronto (1),Mosi Rovers (1) and Casymine (2).
When he joined Highlanders, he saw the club as a big institution that can help him achieve his dreams and true to his prediction, the club has become home for Jaricha as it helps him grow both academically and as a player.
Jaricha did his internship at Highlanders where he had field as well as administration duties, at the field he write down training sessions and led them at times, under the guidance of Sibanda.
Administratively, he worked with the Team Manager Marko Dube to sort out match day related logistics such as booking of match venues.