EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. – SIUE men's soccer Head Coach Kevin Kalish announced the addition of Devyn Jambga (Harare, Zimbabwe) to the roster for the 2013 season.
Jambga, a 5-11 forward and wing midfielder, has SIUE and St. Louis ties. His father, Gwinyai, attended SIUE and played soccer for the Division I Cougars from 1989 to 1992. His mother, Stephanie, was a standout softball player for the Cougars from 1987 to 1990.
Born in St. Louis, he calls Harare, Zimbabwe, his hometown where he was the soccer Most Valuable Player in 2011 and 2012 for Harare International School. The school's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior, Jambga also holds the school record for the mile run. He also was twice named an All-Star by the International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa.
Kalish on Jambga: "We are excited to bring in Devyn because of the family ties he has not only to the soccer program but also to SIUE athletics. Both of Devyn's parents were gifted student-athletes at SIUE so he has a strong connection to the tradition and history of the program. We had an opportunity to work with Devyn at Senior Residential Camp this summer and were quite impressed. He has an extremely high ceiling due to his great athletic tools, and we feel he will grow immensely while being challenged by the current players in the program. Devyn is an enthusiastic and intelligent young man, and we are excited to keep him in the Cougar soccer family like his father."
Jambga joins an elite 2013 recruiting class that includes incoming freshmen Kyle Dal Santo (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Joel Duncan (Mt. Vernon, Ill.), Jason Hackett (St. Louis), Andrew Kendall-Moullin (Faribault, Minn.), Austin Ledbetter (St. Charles, Mo.), Drew Merideth (East Moline, Ill.), Joel Teston (Manassas, Va.), and Mitchell Williams (Blacksburg, Va.) as well as transfers Gabe Christianson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Jabari Danzy (Park Forest, Ill.), and Lewis Ellis (Wales, United Kingdom) who enrolled in classes this spring at SIUE. Christianson and Danzy previously competed for Northern Illinois University while Ellis comes to SIUE from the University of Memphis.