The Herald (Harare)

2 October 2012

Zimbabwe: Nkatha Praying for Chance

ZIMBABWE international Kingston Nkatha believes he is in prime shape to make a difference for the Warriors and is praying for his suspension to be lifted. The former CAPS FC forward has been in stunning form since joining Kaizer Chiefs from Sunday Chidzambwa's Black Leopards and has been a key player to the club's best start in the Absa Premiership.

He told The Herald yesterday that he is in the right frame and shape after scoring two league goals in a deadly partnership with Bernard Parker. Nkatha is one of the players still sidelined from national duty until the finalisation of the Asiagate match-fixing saga.

Yesterday, speaking from his base in Johannesburg, the striker said he would have loved to contribute to the Warriors' cause in their battle to qualify for the Nations Cup in South Africa.

"It is every player's wish to play for the national team but with the situation at hand there is nothing I can do," said Nkatha.

"I am enjoying my football right now and would have fight for a place and it's sad that I cannot play because of other reasons.

"At the end of the day it is our football, as a country, which is suffering.

"Personally, I believe for Zimbabwean football to continue to grow Zifa should sort out their issues and get things back to normal."

However, Nkhatha is confident that the Warriors -- who will battle in the return leg in Luanda -- will deliver for the nation.

"Selected players should do the job for the nation," said Nkatha. "It would be a difficult away game but with the fighting spirit, like they did in Harare, and a more positive attitude, we should qualify for Afcon."

The former Free State Stars and Black Leopards striker has quickly settled at Amakhosi.

"I am happy with my performance and everyone has been giving me positive feedback.

"I have managed to quickly settle because of the management, players and supporters.

"At times you can join a team and fail to click maybe because of the system or because the coach doesn't have confidence in you.

"Football coaches are different and here I have settled well because our coach is a good communicator. He is always talking to us, how we should play, and the way he instructs us at training, even if we lose a match, he would be happy because we could have played according to instructions," said Nkhatha.

The striker is confident that the Soweto giants will win some silverware this season but says they are not putting themselves under pressure. Former Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi has easily settled at Pretoria University and on Saturday they humiliated Ajax Cape Town 5-0 in Cape Town.

AmaTuks are in second place on the log standings behind Kaizer Chiefs. Former CAPS United midfielder, Lionel Mtizwa, has re-invented himself at his AmaTuks.

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