Zim player aiming for the stars in Botswana

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Tadious Manyepo

Harare - Eight goals in 12 matches is a massive statistic too good to ignore.

For 23-year old Zimbabwean midfielder, Remmington Masuku, who encountered delays in the processing of his work permit last season, it is not even the pinnacle.

Masuku was playing for BR Highlanders in Botswana last season but had to feature for only 12 times after his papers were delayed.

He notched up a massive 10 assists and scored eight times in those games.

The top-scorer in that league finished the season with 18 goals, an indication that Masuku’s prowess is nowhere near just average.

Impressed by this, one of the perennial campaigners, Botswana Defence Force Eleven (BDFXI) came knocking and snatched the sleek Masuku.

The youthful midfielder, who is yet to feature for the Zimbabwe national team, has not disappointed in the colours of the defence forces team either.

He has since appeared thrice for the side and has three goals to his name.

Masuku is already looking at winning the top-scorer’s award this season and helping his team win some accolades.

He is not one of the most popular figures to emerge from Zimbabwe as he only played for small clubs like Tsholotsho and Bulawayo Chiefs.

“Football is the same in this region. I have adjusted to life in Botswana and the game. The league is wonderful and very competitive,” said Masuku.

“This is my first full season in the Botswana top-flight. Last season I couldn’t play many games as there were some delays in the issuance of my permit.

“I only played 12 games and I managed to score eight goals. As a result, I was to be taken aboard by my current team (BDFXI).

“I have started three of the first four matches we have played so far and I have managed to score three goals. My dream is to outscore everyone in the league. It is looking promising.

“Of course, this league is very competitive. There are a lot of good strikers at several teams who can score braces and hattricks week in week out.

“So this is just my vision but I know it is one of the toughest especially in a league with stars like ours. My dream is to help the team win accolades and play in the continental tournaments.”

Masuku believes with hard work, he can even make it in top European leagues.

“Obviously one should have life targets. I want to feature for my national team and I know it’s possible with a lot of hard work.

“But, my ultimate goal is to move to Europe. It is not a walk in the park but definitely attainable. Hard work, dedication and discipline will one day carry me through. But for now, I am concentrating on helping my club win accolades. I am eying the golden boot award and if injuries can spare me, I know I will achieve my goals.”

Masuku is not the only Zimbabwean in the Botswana top-flight as Terrence Mandaza of Mochudi Centre Chiefs has been there for some years now.

Morris Ruzvidzo, Amos Nyoni, Takunda Sadiki and Takudzwa Ndoro all ply their trade in the neighbouring country.     

 

 

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