'I'm ready for Warriors'

HARARE - Monomatapa are being touted as potential Castle Lager Premiership title contenders and one of the key players behind the good season is midfielder Russel Madamombe.

The 21-year-old left-sided midfielder, whose skill and pace has impressed many, has been the focal point of most of the 2008 champions’ attacks.

Monomotapa currently sit in third position on the log some 10 points behind log leaders Dynamos and with 10 games to go before the season ends they are dark horses for the title.

Madamombe this week took his time to answer questions sent in by the Daily News on Sunday readers.

Who is Russel Madamombe the footballer? (Ben Garwe, Harare)

I started playing football at Chipadze Primary School as a left-sided attacking midfielder. I later continued my football at Hermann Gmeiner High School playing in the same role. For my Form 2, I moved to Vainona School.

It was at Prince Edward (PE) where I did my Form 3 and 4 where my football went a gear up.
At PE I was in the same team with Tinotenda Chibharo now at Manchester City and FC Platinum’s Qadir Amin.

Whilst at PE I joined Monoz juniors and got promoted into the first team by coach Norman Mapeza in 2010.

But it was Taurai Mangwiro who made me a first team regular.

Which team did you support as a youngster? (Ben Garwe, Harare)

I supported Dynamos as a youngster. My whole family supports Dynamos and Monoz of course. I hope to play for Dynamos some day.

What are Monomotapa’s chances against Hardbody in the Mbada Diamonds Cup? Do you think you have what it takes to win this year’s edition? (Samson Toro, Harare)

We have a very good chance. We are very focussed .We have what it takes to win our first Mbada Cup.
You are blessed with outstanding skill and pace but what are you doing to improve your shooting which has let you down this season? (Stanley Sango, Harare)

I agree hundred percent that my shooting needs to be refined. I think if I improve my shooting I will be among the league’s top goal scorers.

Many people regard Monoz as a potential dark horse in this year’s Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title race? (Golden Gede, Harare)

Our chances are high. We just have to be focussed. Winning the league will be a big thing but for that to happen we have to take our chances.We have to be focussed as we take each game at a time.

Who do you regard as the most underrated player at Monoz and in the whole Premiership? (Golden Gede, Harare)

Kudakwashe Musharu is a quality player who deserves to be in the national team.

Not many people realise how talented Musharu is. Tafadzwa Mombeshora of Shabanie who used to play for Monoz is another good player who is not getting due recognition.

With the season more than half way gone, who is your choice of Soccer Star of the Year? List eleven players who have impressed the most so far this season? (Stanley Sango, Harare)

Denver Mukamba or Nelson Maziwisa are deserving candidates. The eleven players who should make the Soccer Stars calendar: Denver Mukamba, Nelson Maziwisa, Kuda Musharu, Ali Sadiki, Morris Kadzola, Tawanda Munyanduri, Blessing Chimwamuchere, Mthulisi Maphosa and Milton Ncube.

Do you think you are ready to break into the senior national team? (Harrison Bere, Harare)

That is the dream of any player. I am confident that I am ready to make the national team. If I am given the chance I will grab the opportunity with both hands.

How do you rate Zimbabwe’s chances against Angola this afternoon? Can you predict the scoreline? (Antony Koto, Harare)

Our chances are very high. We just have to keep our focus and concentration. I think we will win 1-0.

Which deserving player in your opinion has been left out of the squad facing Angola today? (Henry Tsinza, Harare)

I believe the ones in the current squad are the best for now. I have confidence in them.

Which coaches have shaped you into the player you have become? (Henry Tsinza, Harare)

Taurai Mangwiro, Norman Mapeza and Biggie Zuze.

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