Dhlakama to Introduce New Blood

Sport Zimbabwe


By Tadious Manyepo

NGEZI Platinum Stars coach Rodwell Dhlakama has revealed plans to throw in more youngsters into his fold.

The former Young Warriors gaffer has been sparingly using his teenagers in the Chibuku Super Cup, a tournament in which his club has since secured a quarter-final berth.

Dhlakama’s side became the first team, in the Chibuku Super Cup, to play a 16-year old when the man known as “Sangoma” introduced defender Arter Kaseke in last weekend’s 5-1 win over Whawha.

Kaseke came in as Marlon Mushonga’s replacement with 20 minutes still on the clock and partnered Polite Moyo at the heart of defence.

Dhlakama was impressed especially having also been charmed by another teenager Tendai Matindife who he has been handing cameo roles in the tournament.

“With how these guys have been performing, I think I will have to introduce more teenagers in the team going forward,” said Dhlakama.

“I have been using Matindife mostly though in bit-part roles and Kaseke’s top-notch performance has given me further belief in the abilities of these youngsters.

“I have plenty of them in my change-room. MacDonald Makuwe has also been very much impressive and he has also scored an important goal so far in the campaign. I will introduce more young players, fusing them with the experienced guys and I am sure the end product will be up there.”

The Mhondoro team lead Group 4 standings with 13 points to their name, three ahead of second-placed FC Platinum with the last round clash between the two set to decide group winners.

Triangle are a distant third with three points, two above Whahwa who anchor the table on a single point.