Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described ex Germany international Mesut Ozil as an artist who feels football through the pores of his skin and soul.
At his peak Ozil was the best playmaker in the world and assisting was his second nature. The former Real Madrid and Arsenal midfielder retired from football this year but he had done a lot to inspire youngsters around the world and one of them is rising Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 midfielder Tinashe Mashaireni, the latest from the endless seam of talent from platinum miners.
After the elevation of the likes of Takunda Benhura, Tinotenda Murasiranwa, Ellson Mweha and Leslie Kashitigu to the senior team Mashaireni along the likes of captain Aaron Dzangai, Kudakwashe Mangena and Tinashe Mabvudzi have taken the responsibility to steer the Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 team forward. After five round of matches, Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 are sitting at the top of Northern Region Soccer League log standings after winning all their matches and with three goals and as many assists, Mashaireni blessed with all the attributes of a modern midfielder just like Ozil, is hoping to make a name for himself this season.
“For me it’s all about enjoying the game and have growth. Everything else will fall into place,” Mashaireni said.
With a blockbuster fixture against second placed Black Mambas lurking on Saturday at Morris Sports Club in Harare, Mashaireni is relishing the match.
“Yes many people are talking a
lot about the match but for us it’s one of those matches that we use to evaluate our growth. Black Mambas are a seasoned team and they are still to lose a match or concede a goal so for us it’s a good contest to measure ourselves against such a team.”
“Our focus though is different from other teams. While other teams are seeking to win the league title, we are looking at improving and get promotion to the senior team and add value there since we are a developmental side.”
Born and bred in Kwekwe, Mashaireni took from his father Cosmas who played for Chrome Stars and Ivan Hoe in Kwekwe before having a stint in Mozambique.
“I come from a footballing family, my father Cosmas and his brothers played football so I just born into football. There is no way I was not going to like football with the passion that is there in the family,”
A fan of Manchester City and Real Madrid in Europe, Mashaireni is looking at growing into a big name player and be able to inspire youngsters in future just like his role model Mesut Ozil.
“For this season, my aim is to take my game to another level so that I get promotion into the senior team. You know as a player, you always wish to play at the highest level. I wish to play in Europe one day and above all represent my country at international level. I would want to have success with the Warriors when the time comes.”
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