Maziwisa promises more goals

HARARE - Nelson Maziwisa reckons his goal-scoring form in the pre-season tour of Zambia at the weekend has shown he has the pedigree to shine at FC Platinum in the upcoming season.

The country’s deadliest striker, who re-joined Platinum during the off-season from a loan spell at Zvishavane neighbours Shabanie Mine, bagged a brace in Platinum’s 3-1 defeat of Zambian champions and African Champions League representatives Zanaco in a pre-season friendly at the weekend.

“Obviously that has boosted my confidence, I believe that this year I will score more goals,” Maziwisa told the Daily News yesterday.

The platinum miners went on to beat Zambia’s Caf Confederation Cup representatives Power Dynamos 3-0 before heading back home.

The win over Power Dynamos came after Platinum had endured a five-hour long journey from the Zambian capital Lusaka to the Copperbelt town of Kitwe on match day.

“There is unity in camp and that’s something that will help us this season,” Maziwisa said.

The former Kiglon striker reverted to being a Platinum player after his loan spell with Shabanie Mine ended last season.

The Zimbabwe international trialist netted 18 goals for Shabanie in the Castle Premiership last season to win the Golden Boot award.

And after a rather indifferent season term, Platinum have recalled the free-scoring striker in an effort to strengthen their attacking options for the new season.

Maziwisa will likely partner Donald Ngoma in what has been billed as one of the most exciting attacking combinations in the country.

However, rumour in the small mining town has it that the two are not the best of friends, which may affect their on-field relationship.

“There is nothing like that, it’s just people speculating,” Maziwisa dispelled the talk.

“I’m just concentrating on my career and not thinking of anything else this season.”

Maziwisa, meanwhile, says he will always be indebted to Shabanie Mine for providing him the platform to shine and raise his profile.

 “At Shabanie I learnt that hard work pays,” he said. “I learnt to listen and work hard for each other and not underestimate the potential of any player.”


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