Sithole's promising full debut

HARARE - Dynamos forward Simba Sithole made his full debut for the club on Sunday in the 4-1 destruction of Shabanie Mine since sealing his move from South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns in the mid-season transfer window.

Sithole capped-off this occasion by opening his DeMbare account in the 51st minute with an opportunistic strike.

Since his return home from South Africa, where he spent the better part of a season training with the reserves, the 21-year-old has not really set the stage alight.

The former CAPS United star had only featured as a second half substitute in the penalty shoot-out victory over Quelaton in the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

Since then, he had been an unused substitute in the league games against Motor Action and Chicken Inn.
Last Sunday, the suspension of forward Rodreck Mutuma gave coach Calisto Pasuwa a chance to give Sithole a starting place in the team.

The former Pamushana High School student fitted well in Pasuwa’s traditional 4-4-2 formation, partnering another rising youngster in Farai Mupasiri.

From the onset the Sithole-Mupasiri partnership looked dangerous as they troubled the Shabanie defence with their movement.

On two occasions inside the opening five minutes, Sithole came close to scoring, but failed to make contact with the ball by a few inches.

Of the two, Sithole is the more traditional number 9 — an old-fashioned centre forward who does his business inside the box. You rarely see him getting involved with the build-ups.

His predatory instincts are his greatest quality, which made him such a hit at United, where he scored 10 goals in 10 matches before making the great trek to South Africa.

On the contrary, Mupasiri often dropped back to join play with the offensive midfielders Denver Mukamba, Cliff Sekete and Tawanda Muparati.

Sithole kept his presence inside the box, forcing the Chinda Boys’ centre backs to be on their toes throughout the matches.

His great positioning was evident on the second strike when Shabanie defender Smart Muchabaya scored a spectacular headed on goal from David Kutyauripo’s cross.

Muchabaya was left with no option but to try to get something on the ball since Sithole was right behind him, ready to finish off the cross.

Sithole did not have to wait longer for his first DeMbare goal. He was at the right place at the right moment to blast in the third after the asbestos miners’ goalie Victor Twaliki parried Mupasiri’s shot.

There are still some six games to play in the league and Dynamos are also still active in the Mbada Diamonds Cup, giving Sithole enough time to get back to his best.

Sithole’s performance was not sensational, but there was enough to suggest he can regain the form that made him a feared striker just a year ago in the domestic league.

It is of the best interest for Zimbabwean football that such a talent as Sithole is not wasted, like what had happened during his stay at Chloorkop.

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya praised the young forward and tipped him to get better with each outing.

“It is good for him that he is scored. We have always believed in him and thought he would get a goal at some point. I am sure it is the start of good things to come from him,” Ndiraya said.

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