The sup­plier with a rhumba taste

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

WHEN he is not boss­ing the mid­field as he usu­ally does for Harare City these days, Moses Muchenje likes to lis­ten to rhumba gi­ant Koffi Olo­mide.

The 27-year-old Mbare born mid­fielder even tries a lot to im­i­tate Olo­mide’s dress­ing, as many may still re­mem­ber his flam­boy­ant sense of style from the 2016 Soc­cer Star of the Year ban­quet.

Once renowned more for his ball pass­ing skill — an abil­ity that earned him the moniker “Sup­plier” — Muchenje has over the past cou­ple of years added an­other di­men­sion to his game.

He has grown tougher and is now graft­ing more. He will be tak­ing high pres­sure penal­ties for Harare City who host Dy­namos at Ru­faro this af­ter­noon.

“I told my­self if I want to be a great player, I need to have char­ac­ter,” Muchenje told The Sun­day Mail Sport soon af­ter Harare City’s 1-1 at Tri­an­gle last Wed­nes­day.

It was Harare City’s 13th draw of the sea­son and the high­est in the league so far.

Muchenje was in the thick of things, rough­ing it up in the mid­dle of the park and ended up get­ting a yel­low in a match that City striker Ish­mael Wadi can­celled out a Lameck Nhamo penalty goal.

“Yes some used to view me as a soft player, one who likes to play and not mark, but I have been work­ing on the de­fend­ing as­pect of my game.

“We are work­ing very hard at City un­der Mark Har­ri­son and ev­ery­one is look­ing for­ward to the game against Dy­namos,” said Muchenje.

The for­mer Caps United skip­per, who cap­tained Makepekepe to their fifth league ti­tle in 2016, is also Harare City’s penalty taker and has scored three high pres­sure penal­ties for Har­ri­son’s side. These in­clude spot kicks against Chicken Inn, FC Plat­inum and Tri­an­gle.

“I just keep my cool when tak­ing the penalty, and I am happy with the way I have been con­vert­ing from the spot,” said Muchenje, a for­mer Gun­ners player.

He shocked many, in­clud­ing some of his close fam­ily mem­bers, when he joined rel­e­gated Harare City at the be­gin­ning of this sea­son.

The “Sun­shine Boys” only re­turned to the top flight af­ter the Premier Soc­cer League in­vited them to fill in a slot left by the now de­funct How Mine.

“Harare City are one of the best run foot­ball clubs in the coun­try and I just told my­self I had to play for this team even if they were go­ing to play in Divi­sion One,” Muchenje re­vealed.

“I had nu­mer­ous of­fers from top flight clubs but my in­stinct told me to go for Harare City.

“I am glad the move paid off as I am still play­ing in the top flight for a club that is do­ing pretty well.”

On 37 points from 25 matches, Harare City squares up against rel­e­ga­tion threat­ened Dy­namos and Muchenje is rel­ish­ing the clash.

“Grow­ing up in Mbare has tough­ened me up, so ba­si­cally I am not scared of big chal­lenges,” said Muchenje.

A fa­ther of two, Muchenje is in­spired by Mbare foot­ball hero Edward “Duduza” Sadomba and when he is re­lax­ing, the diminu­tive linkman lis­tens to Koffi Olo­mide and Fali Ipupa.

“If I look at Sadomba I see a role model, he is a foot­ball hero in Mbare and at na­tional level. He has done a lot for the peo­ple of Mbare and his be­hav­ior off the pitch is ex­em­plary.”

Muchenje is mar­ried to Melinda and the cou­ple is blessed with two chil­dren, Mu­nashe (6) and Kim­berly (4).

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