The Herald (Harare)

31 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Magorimbo's Dream

DYNAMOS utility player Thomas Magorimbo is eyeing greater success with the Glamour Boys as he moves to extend his contract with the champions which expires today. Magorimbo who won back to back league and cup double in the last two seasons yesterday said he was aiming for better performances on the continent with DeMbare despite the Harare giants getting a tough draw which might pit them against African champions Al Ahly of Egypt in the second round.

DeMbare are set to begin their campaign against Lesotho Correctional Services in the preliminary round in February.

Although the Basotho appear lightweights, Magorimbo said they would not underestimate their preliminary round opponents.

"There are no easy games in Africa. We have to face any team that we are paired with. It doesn't matter it's a small side from Lesotho or a big team like Al Ahly," said Magorimbo.

"But I think we should improve our preparations this time around. We need strong preparations, which include international friendly matches and training camps.

"What happens if we practice with small teams is that we may appear to be doing well and yet we may be fooling ourselves that we are ready to face Africa and only be humiliated in the tournament".

DeMbare performed dismally in the interclub competitions this year as they were knocked out of the Champions League in the second round by Esperance and then fluffed another chance to make the Confederation Cup group stages when they lost a play-off to Angola's Interclube.

Magorimbo said DeMbare should have learnt their lessons from the last two campaigns in the Champions League when they have failed to make the mini-league stage in succession.

But they have done well in the domestic competitions to retain the league and the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

"It's up to us as a team to retain our domestic titles and also to go further in the Champions League. The way we do things will determine our progress and personally I think it's important to keep focused.

"As players we need support from everyone including the coaches and the executive to keep motivated. Nothing beats motivation and unity of purpose. We should all pull in one direction because team-work can produce results," said Magorimbo.

Magorimbo said he would want to commit himself for a longer period at the Harare giants as he is set to resume negotiations with the club to extend his contract.

His contract expires today and DeMbare have indicated their keenness to keep the player who joined them two years ago from Kiglon.

"I am still to conclude the negotiations. But we have talked about it with the executive and I am hopeful we will agree on a good deal once everything is in order," said Magorimbo.

The 27-year old believes he has not had the best of seasons this year.

Magorimbo who could have been crowned Dynamos' Most consistent player featured as left back and on the right before being shunted into a holding role in midfield following the injuries to Milton Makopa and Devon Chafa and he excelled in all the roles.

"As a player if you are aiming to achieve something you don't rest for long. In my first year at Dynamos I was voted the Most Consistent Player and this time I didn't get anything. It's disappointing because you would tend to think that your form has gone down.

"In fact I think my performance was a bit on the down side this year. I feel it had to do with my changing positions because I switched from the defence to midfield alternately.

"I hope this year I will only play in one position, which is the midfield. I enjoy playing in the midfield although I am also good at the right back or left back. My aim is to contribute something meaningful to the team and also get name on the calendar," said Magorimbo.

Meanwhile, Dynamos vice chairman Webster Chikengezha says the club was aiming to get a decent preparation as they are still pursuing the possibilities of arranging friendly games with South African sides.

"We are still pursuing them but these South African teams are currently on a break. We are hoping to re-engage them soon after the New Year and, although we might have wanted it earlier, it could be that some of the friendly games may actually materialise after we had played our first game of the Champions League."

DeMbare are set to start their preparations on January 7. The club had earlier wanted to begin on Wednesday but they decided to give their players more days to rest.

"We will not break camp once we start and that would mean we will have five weeks to prepare. In fact we had already started because we continued training after the end of the season.

As a club we have set aside some money, although it may appear it's not much, but our sponsors may be able to help us through," said Chikengezha.

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