Former Highlanders coach Mandla Mpofu has made his first signing from Zimbabwe since taking over as coach at Botswana Premier League side Masitaoka FC in August bringing in promising striker Simbarashe Manyoni from Eastern Region Soccer League side Surrey FC.
Manyoni, 20 who came through the junior structures in Rusape playing for Vengere FC Juniors before going to Hideout and Midway FC in the lower leagues in the town where he was spotted by Surrey FC said he is elated to have made a breakthrough in Botswana.
“I’m really happy to have signed for Masitaoka FC because they are a very professional club and the environment here is very conducive for my growth. I really want to thank the management here, the technical team and the players for their warm welcome during my trial stint,” said Manyoni.
“I promise to do my best to repay the faith shown in me by the club and I also want to do well to put my home town Rusape in the limelight. I want to show people that there is a lot of talent in Rusape and other small towns.”
Trust Nyambiya of TKT Sports Agency who brokered the deal for Manyoni said he is confident that the player is going to blossom at Masitaoka under Mpofu.
“As TKT Sports Agency we take great satisfaction in opening avenues for young players to grow in their careers. Simbarashe Manyoni is a very talented player with a lot of potential and we believe that he is going to blossom well under Mandla Mpofu given that the coach is also good at nurturing young players,” said Nyambiya.
“For me having players come straight from the lower leagues here and impress at foreign clubs gives me great satisfaction. The Botswana Premier League is developing and for Manyoni to make a breakthrough at his age is encouraging. I want to salute junior coaches Victor Gombedza, Maticha Chamwanda, Robson Chisoma as well as Tichaona Wesere at Surrey for the work they are doing although they are not getting much plaudits for that.
“I also want to thank Surrey FC for doing a lot to make sure that Manyoni beat the deadline to get his clearance to Botswana. I also want to urge players in small towns and lower leagues to believe in themselves. Football like God doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t look at background. You can aim for the stars from wherever you are. Just work hard and target your goals and you will achieve it in football.”
The Botswana Premier League 2022/2023 season is expected to start on 29 October.
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