Aisam relieves memories

HARARE - Erick Aisam has fond memories of his glittering carrier with Dynamos in which he won several silverware such as the league title, Champion of Champions Cup, Netbrew Cup and Lions Shield.

His rise was meteoric and sensational. Aisam came through the Dynamos ranks from the juniors where he distinguished himself as a speedy winger before forcing his way into the first team.

The Mbare-born winger earned his first DeMbare appearance in 1977 when as a raw teenager he was introduced as a substitute to replace the legendary George Shaya in a Super League match against Umtali United (later renamed Mutare United).

“There was no better way of announcing my arrival on the biggest stage like the one I had,” Aisam tells the Daily News.

“Such opportunities for junior players to be in the starting team were very rare. Dynamos was rich in talent and quality so one needed to make the best of his opportunity.

“I was handed my debut when we were playing Umtali. I came in as direct substitute for Shaya. I felt the pressure but somehow I impressed. 

“From that day, I could make it into the team although game time was still limited because of many experienced players who were preferred ahead of the juniors.”

Aisam quickly established himself as one of the most feared wingers in the Super League, scoring some crucial goals for the Glamour Boys.

Dynamos were a dominant force with such players as Peter Fanuel, Angirai Chapo, Eddie Muchongwe, Misheck Marimo, Henry Chari, Biggie Zuze, Max Makanza, Charles Chirwa (late), Garikayi Zuze and Elvis Chiweshe making up a star-studded team. They could sweep everything on offer those days.

During that era, clubs were mostly owned by companies and Aisam, being an accountant by profession, was offered a job to join Rio Tinto in 1979.

The following years saw Aisam playing for Triangle Ltd, Dairiboard, Rio Dairiboard and Arcadia United before returning to Dynamos in 1988.

Aisam remembers nostalgically when he scored the winner against CAPS United in the Heroes Cup semi-final match at Rufaro Stadium soon after re-joining DeMbare. 

“I was introduced as a second half substitute and I went on to score the winning goal. That victory was seen mostly like a revenge because CAPS United had thumped Dynamos 7-0 in the National Foods Trophy,” Aisam said.

But those are not his only memorable moments during his playing career.

“I also remember the match when I was still playing for Triangle Ltd. We were playing against Eagles and again I came in as a second half substitution with the team trailing 1-0 and I scored three goals in six minutes,” he says.

He went on to hang his boots in 1990 but not without his regrettable moments.

“My most regrettable match was against Black Rhinos when their defender Fanuel Nyamukapa deliberately badly tackled me and I broke three ribs only to wake up at Parirenyatwa,” he says.

“I was primed to be on the Soccer Star calendar that year. I was one of the fastest wingers in the country that time and I was so hurt that I regret ever playing soccer.”

After quitting playing, Aisam focused his energies in attaining his coaching badges and now hold a Caf C License certificate.

The 56-year-old believes football standards in the country have deteriorated and something urgent needs to be done before it’s too late.

“The culture of football has changed a lot. Today’s players lack passion, they are largely motivated by money whereas during our time we were playing for results,” he says.

“As a result there are no more big names in the league. Talent is lacking and you can hardly see that individual responsibility from today’s players. During our time people could come to the stadiums and treated to some good football.

“The whole issue has affected our game at national level.”

Comments (2)

Eric played quite well, but his most regrettable game should be the one Dynamos lost 7 - 0 to Caps, because Caps found a highway through Eric

sandura - 7 September 2014

As far as I am concerned, Zimbabwean soccer has never had a 'Netbrew Cup' as you imply. Unless you are referring to the Natbrew Cup.

just saying - 7 September 2014

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