Mukamba fired up for Wits

HARARE - Meet Denver Mukamba who signed for the Clever Boys in the January transfer window after impressing the Bidvest Wits technical team during trials.

Mukamba is expected to inject more power to the strike force given his sterling performances for Harare giants Dynamos back in his home country. The reigning Zimbabwe Castle Lager Premiership Footballer of the Year speaks about his blossoming career and expectations in South Africa.

Denver, how have your first two months been in South Africa?

I am very happy to be here in South Africa. Since I left Zimbabwe I have been working extra hard and pushing myself because I am here to work in South Africa. I have not seen the social life off the field yet, because I am focusing on getting game time.

What sort of striker are you?

Luckily for me I had a lot of training in the football academies back home and I know what the requirements and responsibilities of a striker are. I try most of the time to make clever runs and also make space for myself and also for my teammates to operate in attacking areas. My technique is also good, but most importantly my job is to finish attacking moves by getting the ball into the back of the net.

We have seen Zimbabweans like Knowledge Musona come in as an unknown only to finish as the league’s top scorer. Is that something that motivates you?

When I was in Zimbabwe last season my focus was to move across the border to the PSL and try to emulate the exploits of my compatriots in this country. I am not Musona or any other Zimbabwean who has played in South Africa before. I am just here to make a name for myself. Those players are merely just guidelines of an example to follow. Seniors players here at Bidvest Wits like Thomas Sweswe and Tinashe Nengomasha, who are my countrymen, have been motivating me.

You had quite a good goal scoring reputation back in Zimbabwe. Can we expect the same from you here?

I am still new and trying to find my feet. I am slowly getting off my mark over here, but like I said I am here to make a name for myself. I am also aware that the level has gone up a bit because the competition in the PSL is tougher. Hopefully all my dreams and plans will become a reality.

So far you have only had one appearance which was against Kaizer Chiefs. How did it feel making your official Bidvest Wits debut in front of 40 000 spectators?

I was delighted to be part of that game. Even though we lost it was encouraging for me to be part of a game of that magnitude. I want to play more games though. I am prepared to work hard and catch the eye of the coach. I must also say that I am very happy to have such an encouraging coach like Clive Barker.

Are you still part of the Zimbabwean national team set up?

Yes, very much. I am the captain of the side. Even at my young age it is remarkable that I am leading my country, but I take a leaf out of Nengomasha’s book because he started playing in South Africa for a big team at the age of 19, and look how wonderfully his career has turned out!

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