Mupasiri targets leading role

HARARE - Dynamos forward Farai Mupasiri is unfazed by the challenge of spearheading the Glamour Boys’ attack in the upcoming new season following the departure of senior strikers in the off-season.  

The Dynamos Rookie of the Year for the 2012 season was a revelation for the club in his debut top-flight season, with coach Calisto Pasuwa giving him cameo roles in the last half of the season.

And now only in his second season in the Zimbabwean top-flight league, a sudden turn of events, which has seen the central core of the team’s attack leave for greener pastures, 22-year-old Mupasiri has been thrust into the limelight.

“It’s a big test, its big a big job but I believe I’m equal to the task,” Mupasiri told the Daily News yesterday.

Denver Mukamba, Rodreck Mutuma and Simba Sithole, all key men for Dynamos in attack last season, have been snapped up by South African clubs.

One of the prospective replacements, Hwange forward Fransceco Zekumbawire, has not yet arrived at the club, leaving Mupasiri as the only recognisable striker in the Dynamos camp, although Evans Gwekwerere and Patrick Khumbula have re-joined.

 “Last season I was learning from the senior players but now I have to fill their big shoes. There is no need to feel sorry for myself because I knew this was coming. More is expected of me, I’m just excited at this opportunity. I can’t wait to for the season to start so that I can show that I can do this,” Mupasiri added.

Before leaving Dynamos, Mutuma last year singled out Mupasiri as a potential match-winner in a new era at DeMbare.  

Ironically, it was the 22-year-old former Zimbabwe youth rugby international who relegated Mutuma to the bench in the last half of the season.

 “That youngster is a star,” Mutuma praised Mupasiri. “He has everything; speed, power, shots. He can do the job. He has rescued us before with some crucial goals. Everyone has a lot of confidence in him.”

Mupasiri is currently nursing a back injury but is confident of gaining full fitness in time for Dynamos’ African Champions League preliminary round tie against Lesotho Correctional Services on February 18.

A day after that encounter, the former Zimbabwe rugby youth international is expected to leave for Turkey for a 10-trial stint.

In Turkey, Mupasiri will take part in an All-Star team that will play exhibition matches with other formidable opponents from Asia, Europe, and the United States.

This will see the Dynamos forward receiving professional coaching from some of the world’s top coaches.

Mupasiri stands a chance of earning a contract from top-flight European leagues if he impresses the multiple scouts who will be in attendance.

The transfer window for European leagues closed last night, meaning if Mupasiri impresses, his switch can only be completed during the European off-season transfer window in May.

The Lomagundi College-educated forward is being managed by Professional Sports Management Group, a subsidiary of World Wide Scholarships.

“It is every player’s dream to go play in Europe. Psychologically I’m ready, I’m prepared and physically I will be ready,” said Mupasiri.

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