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Zim AFCON Campaign: Never Or Denver?

Prolific Zimbabwean footballer, Denver Mukamba’s introduction to Premier Soccer League football was made in heaven after his former coach Kalisto Pasuwa convinced then Kiglon head coach Lloyd Mutasa to rope him into the now-defunct side.

But Mutasa was skeptical as he could not trust Mukamba as he had not watched him in action.

In short, Mutasa was not ready to risk his job for Mukamba but eventually gave in after Pasuwa had persisted.

After introducing him at Kiglon, Samaita treated Mukamba like his own son.

Mukamba went on the become one of the most sought after players on the local football arena when he moved to Dynamos Football Club.

Another gem Never Tigere has emerged on the local football scene and like Mukamba, he has won many admirers.

Never Tigere during a training session preparing for the African Cup Of Nations finals which are going to be played in Cameron. Picture by Munashe Chokodza

Tigere is a boy from Matagarika Flats in Mbare.

If you talk of his talent, the most decorated Zimbabwean Coach Sunday Chimbwa will say yes to Never.

But it was not easy for Tigere to break through save for his manager Gibson Mahachi who moved him from ZPC Kariba to FC Platinum where he is currently plying his trade.

FC Platinum head coach Norman Mapeza is not an easy-going person but on Tigere, he was wowed by the boy’s unique technical ability.

The African Cup of Nations finals are around the corner and the local football followers cannot understand why Mukamba was left for Tigere.


The boys have unique talents but Mapeza prefers Tigere because he has the ability to defend as well as attack.

Besides, Mapeza has worked with him before.

Denver is not that good when he doesn’t have the ball but when it gets on his feet, his football intelligence, scoring or assisting in difficult spaces will have many talking about him for days.

Mukamba fanatics are still livid at his omission for the AFCON campaign while there are question marks over the inclusion of Tigere on a stage that required experience especially when warriors are facing some of the best sides in Africa.

Will Tigere vindicate his coach and prove doubters wrong?

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Journalist based in Harare

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