Overjoyed Songani off to Denmark

HARARE - Silas Songani says he was surprised and almost stopped breathing when Danish top-flight side Sonderjyske agreed to sign him.

The former Harare City winger had been with Sonderjske for the past two weeks and immediately caught the eye of coach Lars Sondergaard.

ADIOS!: New Sonderjyske signing Silas Songani waves goodbye to family and friends at the Harare International Airport before flying out to Denmark on Tuesday afternoon.

With the Haderslev-based side hoping to avoid relegation when the Danish Superliga resumes in February, they immediately offered the Zimbabwe international a two and half-year contract.

Songani returned to Zimbabwe on Sunday afternoon to sort out some personal matters before flying back to Northern European yesterday afternoon to join his new teammates.

“I felt so happy when the club said they were going to sign me. I could not believe it when they said I was now their player,” Songani told the Daily News yesterday before boarding his flight.

“I never thought I had a chance to make it in Europe. I felt a rush of blood in my entire body and I tried to pinch myself to see if I was not dreaming.

“For a while I think I stopped breathing trying to digest the news. After I regained my composure I thanked God for giving me this opportunity in my life.”

Songani believes his discipline was instrumental in impressing Sondergaard, who has been with the club since 2011.

“I think I made the grade at Sonderjyske because I followed the coach’s instructions from the day I arrived,” he said.

“The coaches were impressed with my tactical understanding and they realised that I’m a good player. They were impressed with everything I did.”

The 24-year-old feels he has to improve on his physique if he is to make an impact in the Danish Superliga.

“I have to put on a little bit more weight. Everything else is fine, and I have to work on my body for the next few months once I get back to Europe,” he said.

Last year was a breakthrough year for the former Laliga winger, who was handed his first Zimbabwe cap by former Warriors coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels.

Songani was also instrumental in Harare City’s title challenge that saw the Sunshine Boys losing out on the championship to Dynamos only on goal difference.

Songani also narrowly missed out on the 2013 Soccer Star of the Year award after he was piped to the top gong by Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati.

“Last year was indeed a remarkable year for me,” Songani said. “I would like to thank Mr Pagels for giving me the opportunity to play for the national team.

“I grabbed that opportunity with both hands and today it has led me to get a club in Europe. I would also like to thank my coach Bigboy Mawiwi for giving me the chance to play in the Premier League and I really enjoyed my time at Harare City.

“My manager More Moyo has also played an integral role in shaping my career and was very helpful in organising my move to Denmark. 

“My career has really taken off now and I need to keep on working hard to ensure that my game keeps on improving.”

Comments (11)

And the true soccer star of the year goes off to europe!!!!

ray mahupete - 22 January 2014

Congrats young man! God bless you all the way>

smoyo - 22 January 2014

Go well young man. I pray that one day you break into either the Bundasliga,EPL, LA LIGA. We will miss you dearly in our local league.I am happy that this bankrupt league has also unveiled a star to the world. Just as they say that no matter the size of a container, cream always arise to the top. And it has been proven to be true.Thank God

SHAVA - 22 January 2014

Poor you if you had played for Dynamo you could be soccer star!! God has actually done good for you young man wish you all the best and hold yourself up but remember not to lose the status!

Regalia - 22 January 2014

Go well young man and show them hw best you can do it. We rally behind. Never mind narrow minded people who thinks Dynamos is where can only be destined.

seni - 23 January 2014

Wish yu the best, bench mark,

Mumba - 23 January 2014

keep up your good work

jockie - 23 January 2014

Gone off Songani To play for Sondersyjske Coached by Sondergaard Without taking away anything from our Songani I am sure they just take anyone whose name starts with the letters S O N

gilbert magwasha - 23 January 2014

All the best soccer star of the year, the best local player by far.....I'm pretty sure you will do well overseas.

mukwerekwere - 23 January 2014

IM A DIE HARD DYNAMOS SUPPORTER BUT I KNOW YU WERE DUPED OF A SOCCER STAR OF THE YEAR ACCOLADE.FAMBA ZVAKANAKA MFANA WANGU.

MAGORONGA MORGAN - 25 January 2014

true player different from dynamos players vanotambirwa bhora nenewspaper

robbie nyamhingura - 25 January 2014

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