Another Temwanjira for the future

HARARE - David Temwanjira might still be only 19-years-old at the moment but he has big dreams with his football career.

The Blue Rangers forward, who is on loan from DC Academy, has set his sights on surpassing his already established elder brother, Mike Temwanjira.

Mike made his name at the turn of the millennium when he used to turn out for CAPS United before making the big break into Europe in 2003.

The 30-year-old striker is now on the books of Romanian top-flight club FC Vaslui since 2007.

Sibling rival normally determines that family members normally want to outdo each and in the case of the Temwanjira boys, David reckons he will reach more dizzy heights than his brother.

“I’m sure by next year I should be playing football in Europe if everything happens according to God’s plan,” David boldly declares during in an interview with the Daily News on Sunday.

“If it doesn’t work out that way I’m sure I will be playing for one of the big clubs like CAPS United, Dynamos or FC Platinum.”

The teenager’s words cannot be taken lightly if you put into consideration that only a year ago he was playing semi-professional football in the Zimbabwe Football Association Division Three B.

From 2011 he has jumped from Division Three to the Castle Lager Premiership with very little ease.

In the lower leagues he was playing for Glen Norah Academy and managed a remarkable feet of scoring 37 goals.

At that stage he was still doing A Level at Mt Pleasant High School and never harboured any thoughts of making living out of football.

“It was never my intention to play football but my parents (Vundu and Rolyet Temwanjira) were the ones who encouraged me to play,” David says.

“My dreams was to hold a formal job after school and football was just a past time for. It was the same thing with Mike and it is our father who also forced him to take football seriously.”

Last year after school David would go to train with Glen Norah Academy and at the weekend he would bang in the goals for fan.

“One of the days my father came to watch me play and he was really pleased with what he saw,” says David.

After finishing the 2011 season with the Division Three side things would turn for the better for the young David after he signed for DC Academy in the Northern Region Division One.

“My manager Takesure Chiragwi convinced me to join DC Academy at the start of this year and I only stayed there for only six months before coming to Blue Rangers,” he says.

“People started comparing me with my brother and a lot were saying I’m much better than him because I can hold the ball, shield and have the skill to take on defenders.

“Whereas Mike’s only quality is that he is big and can finish inside the box.”

For David the biggest complement came from Mike himself after watching him in action for DC Academy last year.

“I’m always arguing with my brother for everything and it was the same when it came to football,” says David.

“He always encouraged me to take football seriously and then this year he was in the country and saw me playing for DC Academy against Flame Lily and he was really impressed.

“He said to me that I have more potential than him and if I concentrate I would go far with my career.”

This endorsement from someone, who has made a career playing professional football in Europe for the past 11 years, was the motivation David needed.

At Blue Rangers he has caught the eye whenever he has been given the opportunity to play.

Last weekend, David was on the score sheet for the club in the first round of the Mbada Diamonds Cup when they lost 2-1 to Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium.

There is still however a lot of work to be done for this rough diamond to be polished into a complete product.

“In the lower leagues it was not very competitive than the Division One or in the Premiership,” he says.

“In the Premiership it is much harder because the defenders are always tight on you and I have to work hard to create space for myself.”

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