The Herald (Harare)

3 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Sweswe Tips Mukamba

ZIMBABWE international Thomas Sweswe has high hopes that his compatriot Denver Mukamba will make the move to South African Premiership soccer side Bidvest Wits after the midfielder reportedly charmed coach Antonio Habas Lopez when called for trials for the second time last week.

Mukamba, who has been one of the best players in the domestic league during the just-ended season, has been a long time target of the Johannesburg-based side, which is also home to Sweswe and former Warriors captain Tinashe Nengomasha.

Sweswe yesterday spoke highly of the lanky midfielder and said the technical department and most of the players in the Students' team were enthralled by his talent and personality.

Mukamba, who returned home on Friday, had another trial stint with the South African outfit in July.

Sweswe yesterday said Mukamba has been working hard on both occasions when he was called for the trials and should be on a better position to land a contract, although the final decision lies with the coaches.

According to Sweswe, Denver's magic has won the admiration of some senior players who are now hoping that the 20-year-old would make the move this time.

Sweswe said he and Nemgomasha were always trying to help him settle on and off the pitch and assisting him with tips and extra training.

"Chances are high. When he returned back all the guys were asking for Denver and how he was doing in Zimbabwe," said Sweswe.

"When he is here at Wits he doesn't appear like someone who is on trial because almost everyone now knows him and what he does.

"So all the guys are hoping and praying that Wits should sign this boy, especially the senior guys Aaron Mokoena, Mbulelo 'Old John' Mabizela and Stanton Fredericks. They all like him so they always push him to do well everyday.

"I'm happy for him that even the senior guys at the club are hoping and wishing that Denver signs because he is good and they see a bright future in him.

"It appears he has settled and it's a matter of time before he signs," said Sweswe.

The former DeMbare defender said Wits have good left side midfielders in Matthew Pattison and Mzikayise Mashaba, but Mukamba had an extra advantage because he can switch to play anywhere in the midfield.

Mukamba's manager Gibson Mahachi yesterday said they are now awaiting feedback from the South African side who have shown great interest in the player.

Wits are considering Mukamba as a serious option to the extent they initiated the second trial and even bought the air ticket for the player to attend the trials at the request of their coach, Lopez.

Mukamba was first invited for trials by their former coach Roger De Sa earlier this year, but a change of personnel in the technical team could have disturbed the deal.

Wits had problems accommodating Mukamba because of the foreign quota system with reports indicating they just have one slot for a player coming from beyond the South African borders.

"He did very well, just like the first time he went there. That is why they called him again, but he had to rush back here for the (Dynamos) awards.

"We are waiting for the feedback and might have a better picture probably by Tuesday. But as I see it the chances are there," said Mahachi.

Mukamba had a brilliant season in the Glamour Boys engineroom as he played a pivotal role in helping the Harare giants retain the league and cup double. His efforts were recognised last Friday when he was crowned the club's Player of the Year and walked away with a trophy and US$5 000 in cash prize.

The 20-year-old midfielder was thrilled by the award and pledged to continue working hard to improve his game next season.

"It feels great to win something when playing for a big club like Dynamos. It shows you are really improving. I am happy with that recognition.

"I had one big weakness last season in that I got a lot of yellow cards even when it appeared it was not necessary, but I told myself that I needed to be a changed a person.

"I'm glad I have managed to work on that, though I am not perfect yet. I hope next year I will have eliminated all my weaknesses and my wish is to continue working hard and improving as a professional footballer," said Mukamba.

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