Mutekede tips Boban to shine

HARARE - Twalumba United technical manager Wilson Mutekede believes Dynamos have made a fantastic signing in Boban Zirintusa.

The 21-year-old Uganda international joined the Glamour Boys last week following the expiry of his contract with the division one outfit Twalumba.

And now Mutekede, who initially brought the Ugandan into the country two years ago, reckons the attacking midfielder will become an instant hit at the record Zimbabwe champions.

Zirintusa joined Twalumba two years ago from Ugandan Premiership side Banamwaya FC and was a revelation for the ambitious second tier club, chipping in with crucial goals and assists.

The youthful midfielder-cum-striker was Twalumba’s leading scorer with nine goals in 2011 before finishing as the Northern Region Soccer League division one’s deadliest marksman with 15 goals last year.  

DeMbare have already lost the country’s finest football from last year, Denver Mukamba, who completed his switch to South African top flight side Bidvest Wits and expectations are high for the Ugandan to fill the void.

Mutekede described Zirintusa as a quality player who can make the grade at the country’s most successful football club.

“There is no difference between the Premiership and division one football,” Mutekede told the Daily News yesterday. “The only difference is the tier and the perception that Premier League is better.”

Mutekede added that Zirintusa’s move to Dynamos furnishes proof that Twalumba was a talent conveyor belt of note.

“I think Boban’s move to Dynamos is only confirmation of what we can produce and the quality that we have at our disposal as a club. Boban is a quality player and if he settles well, he can become a hit at Dynamos. Of course Dynamos is a big institution with high demands, but he is such a quality player who can fit in well into their culture.

“We were using him as a second striker, he has a good level of technique, ball distribution and his finishing is good. Much of his progress will depend on how he settles, but all things being equal, he can be hit at Dynamos.   Again, he might have been playing well here, but at Dynamos is a different environment, it’s not however not automatic that he can flourish.”

Zirintusa, who had been holed up in his native Uganda since the end of last season, joined his new teammates over the weekend and was given a run during a pre-season friendly match against Black Rhinos.

Zirintusa played for his country’s Under-17 and Under-20 teams and was last year called up to represent the full Uganda side in an African Nations Cup qualifier.

Dynamos will get their African Champions League campaign off the ground against Lesotho Correctional Service next month, and the club is desperate to assemble a strong squad which can compete with the continent’s finest. - Godknows Matarutse

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