Zekumbawira keen to settle down

HARARE - Francisco Zekumbawira has revealed he is keen to start his Dynamos career in earnest away to Tunisian club CA Bizertin in the African Champions League on Sunday.

The long-time Glamour Boys target has made two appearances for the Zimbabwean champions in the Bob89 Super Cup 4-0 demolition of Highlanders and the 1-0 defeat to Lesotho Correctional Services in the Champions League, but believes the Bizertin clash is the perfect platform for him to announce his arrival at DeMbare.

The big forward admits he has not had the best of starts since joining Dynamos on a $15 000 one-year loan deal from Hwange in February.

With the physical demands of continental football being a key factor in the Champions League, Sunday’s match provides the right setting for the big, strong forward to make his presence felt and help Dynamos gain a first leg advantage over the Tunisians.

“My game against LCS was not too good, but I believe I still have a lot of room to improve,” Zekumbawire told the Daily News yesterday.

“I haven’t got used to the system yet but I’m slowly getting there.”

Zekumbawira’s eventual arrival at the Harare giants following the exodus of key players during the off-season has put the limelight on the Bulawayo-born player, who has been seen as some kind of saviour by the club’s fans.

“No I can’t say that (I’m Dynamos saviour), I’m a team player and if we work together we will get the results,” Zekumbawira said.

“Ja, there is a lot of pressure on me because everybody is looking and saying ‘this is the guy we were waiting for all this time. So now we want to see what he is going to do’. But I’m just going to work hard and hope for the best, starting with the game, which is a very, very big assignment. This is an opportunity for me to do well and settle into the Dynamos culture. If you do well in such a game, everything else becomes easy going forward.”

The towering forward however appealed for patience from the fans.

 “I will just work hard I believe goals are a blessing from God so if I work hard, God will surely bless me. Fans must be patient with me I’m sure I will get the goals,” he said.

Zekumbawira has had a small taste of continental football with Hwange, who played in the second-tier Confederation Cup last season and crushed out in the first round at the hands of Sudanese outfit Al Amal Atbara.

He has set his sights on a longer campaign with DeMbare.

“Hwange compared to Dynamos is a smaller club, Dynamos is a big club so there are bigger expectations and every game for Dynamos is a tough game. I want to achieve in the Champions League, it’s every players dream to be in the final of the Champions League.”

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