TAVERN TALK: Chidzambwa admits to Majarira gamble

Zimbabwe coach Sunday ‘Mhofu’ Chidzambwa says he took a gamble by calling Division One player Blessing Majarira into his squad for the COSAFA Castle Cup.

Majarira, plays for Herentals FC, was a surprise pick given his lack of first team experience, but the striker has since justified his inclusion.

Majarira made his international debut in the Warriors’ 4-0 win against Mozambique at Moruleng Stadium on Monday after replacing Talent Chawapihwa in the 80th minute. He then scored during injury time.

“We just wanted to see his reaction and how he can adapt to the team. It’s a different game when one plays for the national team,” Chidzambwa said.

“It was a big gamble to bring him here. At times, it works. He is the top goalscorer in Division One with 10 in 14 games. That says a lot about a striker despite the fact that he is not in the top-flight league. Of course, people were talking about him because they don’t know him.”

Majarira was also given the nod to start for Zimbabwe in their goalless draw against Madagascar on Wednesday, ahead of reputable names like Lamontville Golden Arrows forward Knox Mutizwa, Kaizer Chiefs striker Michelle Katsvairo and Highlanders’ Prince Dube.

“It doesn’t matter if he is playing at a lower league. I don’t really care if he is unknown or not popular. I am looking for someone who is confident and can score goals,” Chidzambwa said. “I want a match-winner and a brave player upfront as we play the remaining match [against Seychelles on Friday].”