I’m Zla­tan, says Chinyama

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Paul Mun­dandi Sports Re­porter

TAKESURE CHINYAMA has de­clared that age is noth­ing, but a num­ber and be­lieves he will be a ma­jor force at his new club FC Plat­inum.

The 34-year-old striker re­turned home from a sec­ond stint in Poland and penned a deal with the Zvisha­vane side.

“I do not lis­ten to what peo­ple say about me be­ing in­jured, but I just want to as­sure fans that I am the Zim­bab­wean Zla­tan. If he man­aged to play for Manch­ester United and score 35 goals why shouldn’t I also do the same at FC Plat­inum?

“I am 34, but age is just a num­ber. Peo­ple will see what I am ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing and it is a chal­lenge for me. I have played for 12 years and I have never won the cham­pi­onship. I have won Cups, but not the League.

“FC Plat­inum have been very pa­tient since 2015 and I am happy that they have a great coach in Mapeza (Nor­man). He is the best, he is a leg­end and has been de­liv­er­ing for the na­tional team.

“Zvisha­vane peo­ple are pas­sion­ate about foot­ball and I want to put smiles on their faces ev­ery week. I am not go­ing to per­form mir­a­cles, but I will do my best if se­lected.

“The only hard feel­ing I have is miss­ing out on the Soc­cer Stars cal­en­dar in 2015 af­ter I was ac­cused of as­sault­ing a ref­eree to­gether with Ro­dreck Mu­tuma, some­thing I still feel was not true.

“A lot has been said about me, but to­day I want to open up to all the soc­cer lov­ing fans, es­pe­cially at Dy­namos. I wanted to play for the team, but I was pushed out by Silva (Paulo Jorge Silva),’’ said Chinyama.

The big for­ward feels that the Zvisha­vane min­ers have their big­gest chance to win the league cham­pi­onship this sea­son and be­lieves his ex­pe­ri­ence will come handy.

Chinyama said he was al­ready feel­ing at home in Zvisha­vane.

“I feel com­fort­able here. I re­spect ev­ery­one. I love the peo­ple of Zvisha­vane and if I get the chance I will de­liver. But peo­ple must al­ways re­mem­ber that ex­pe­ri­ence is the best teacher,” said the big for­ward.

Mapeza also feels Chinyama will be an as­set to his squad.

“He is go­ing to add a new di­men­sion to the team. He is a very im­por­tant player and has ex­pe­ri­ence, but he is not yet hun­dred per­cent fit. I am not so sure if I will field him on Satur­day be­cause he needs about two weeks.

“We are go­ing to Ngezi with a lot of re­spect for them. Ndi­raya (Ton­der­ayi) is my col­league. We are from the same vil­lage in Man­i­ca­land, but pres­sure will be on us be­cause we have been in the league be­fore them,” said Mapeza.

To­day: Dy­namos vs Bantu Rovers (NSS, 1930hrs)

To­mor­row: Tsholot­sho v Tri­an­gle United (Dulivhadz­imo), Ngezi Plat­inum v FC Plat­inum (Baobab),Cha­pungu v Chicken Inn (As­cot), ZPC Kariba v Black Rhi­nos (Nyamhunga), Harare City v Hwange (Mor­ris De­pot)

Sun­day: High­landers v Yadah (Bar­bour­fields), Sha­banie Mine v How Mine (Ma­glas), Bu­l­awayo City v CAPS United (Post­poned).

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