Has Mhofu plucked an­other ace?

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Lang­ton Nyak­wenda

HE IS a Class 2 driver who dou­bles up as a builder with the Her­rentals Group of Col­leges.

Two sea­sons ago he was play­ing so­cial soc­cer and just a few years prior, he was a ru­ral boy in Mu­tasa Dis­trict.

Now he is part of the War­riors squad set to do duty at the Cosafa Cas­tle Cup fi­nals in South Africa this week.

So who is this Bless­ing Ma­jarira? What is so spe­cial about this Divi­sion One soc­cer player from Her­rentals?

At 28, Ma­jarira is a late bloomer. He is the only Divi­sion One player in Sun­day “Mhofu” Chidzambwa’s Cosafa squad and is the sub­ject of in­tense jock­ey­ing among Premier­ship clubs as the mid­sea­son trans­fer win­dow opens.

Dy­namos have en­quired about this ag­gres­sive striker, the lead­ing scorer in the North­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One with nine goals.

Chidzambwa has long been an ad­mirer of the striker, and his club ZPC Kariba also en­quired about Ma­jarira’s avail­abil­ity at the be­gin­ning of the 2017 Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League sea­son.

“(Ma­jarira) is pow­er­ful, very ag­gres­sive and he gets into scor­ing po­si­tions in­tel­li­gently. He has the po­ten­tial of do­ing well at Cosafa,” said Chidzambwa as he ran out su­perla­tives to de­scribe the Her­rentals striker.

Ma­jarira showed some glimpses of what he can of­fer, and found him­self at the end of a Tal­ent Chawapiwa cross dur­ing the War­riors’ prac­tice match against Yadah FC at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium in Harare last Thurs­day, but ref­eree No­more Musundire ruled him of­fIt side. is typ­i­cal of Chidzambwa to un­earth gems.

In his long and suc­cess­ful coach­ing jour­ney, the leg­endary gaffer has

dis­cov­ered and in­tro­duced un­her­alded play­ers to the na­tional stage.

Who can for­get Lazarus Muhoni?

The then un­known Black Rhi­nos force­ful for­ward was thrown into the deep end dur­ing the 2004 Af­con qual­i­fiers and ended up earn­ing the nick­name “Mali” af­ter his 32nd minute goal sunk the West African coun­try in front of 50 000 fans at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium on Septem­ber 8, 2002.

And then there us Al­bert Mbano, who was plucked from Sha­banie Mine in the run up to the 2003 Cosafa Cup and went on to at­tain hero sta­tus af­ter net­ting twice in a 2-1 win over Malawi at Chichiri Sta­dium on Septem­ber 29, 2003. Mbano earned the moniker “Cosafa” for his ex­ploits. Now there is Ma­jarira. “It is all about giv­ing play­ers op­por­tu­ni­ties, ev­ery­one with tal­ent should get a chance re­gard­less of where he is com­ing or where he is play­ing,” reck­ons Chidzambwa.

Mhofu wants to cre­ate an­other “Cosafa” in Ma­jarira and the Her­rentals striker looked ready to make a name for him­self as the War­riors de­parted for South Africa last Fri­day.

“My job is to score and that is all I do. I am not in­tim­i­dated by the new en­vi­ron­ment be­cause kwa­gara ndokubasa kwangu (it is my job),” Ma­jarira said.

“I never thought about this (call-up to the War­riors), not in my wildest senses, but I am hon­oured be­cause it is every player’s dream to play for your na­tional team. Only two years ago I was play­ing so­cial soc­cer just be­fore Her­rentals turned pro­fes­sional and this call-up alone is awe­some.”

Ma­jarira’s nine goals have pow­ered Her­rentals to the top of the North­ern Re­gion Divi­sion One log and the Harare side are hot favourites to clinch the ticket to Premier­ship foot­ball at the end of the sea­son.

His club coach Kumbi­rai Mu­ti­wekuziva calls Ma­jarira “the go-to guy” and is hop­ing he can re­tain the striker un­til the end of the sea­son.

“Bless­ing is an in­tim­i­dat­ing striker, good both on the ground and in the air with a lot of ac­cu­racy in his shots. All the play­ers here look up to him, they know he al­ways comes up with some­thing spe­cial when­ever the go­ing gets tough,” said Mu­ti­wekuziva when The Sun­day Mail Sport at­tended Her­rentals’ Thurs­day morn­ing train­ing ses­sion at Bel­gravia Sports Club in Avon­dale. Ma­jarira’s rise doesn’t sur­prise his young brother Arch­more, who is also an up­com­ing striker with eight goals for Her­rentals. “We grew up in a deep ru­ral set up but peo­ple back there used to speak highly of Bless­ing. Thank God, he has fi­nally re­alised his dream,” said Arch­more.

Bless­ing Ma­jarira

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