ZPC Kariba's unsung hero

HARARE - ZPC Kariba’s defensive rock Dennis Dauda is not reading much into admirers who believe his performances this season should earn him the Soccer Star of the Year accolade.

The 25-year-old, who has been an unsung hero in the heart of ZPC’s defence, says personal achievements will count for nothing if the Castle Premiership debutants fail to go on and win the title.

Kauya Katururu meet CAPS United in the season ending round of fixtures leading nearest rivals Dynamos by two points and also enjoying a healthy goal difference.

Just as he has done all season long, Dauda was unyielding on Saturday as ZPC repelled everything Dynamos threw at them in search of an elusive equaliser.

“Obviously the team comes first, if anything else comes after that then it’s a bonus,” Dauda told the Daily News.

“If we are going to win the title it will mean a lot. It’s our first year in the league so to win it will be fantastic.”

The former Lancashire Steel player has had a season to remember marshalling ZPC Kariba’s defence which has conceded just 22 goals in their past 29 matches.

Disappointingly, Dauda admits, top-flight strikers have failed to come to the party this season.

How Mine’s Kuda Musharu and Highlanders Charles Sibanda currently lead the goal scoring charts with only 12 goals apiece after 29 games.

The scenario has left the ZPC Kariba defender considering that the only thing separating topflight strikers from lower division forwards is chance.

“The PSL strikers are not as tough as strikers in Division One. In Division One, strikers are really tough, you barely get time to breathe, they will be on you from the moment you get the ball,” he said.

“You don’t have time to control the ball like you do in the topflight league because strikers mark high up. But in the PSL this doesn’t seem to be the case. It’s more of marking space than man marking which has worked to my advantage.”

The Kwekwe-born defender feels his attitude made him a better player. 

“I think discipline and commitment has been my strengths. I have given everything since day one.”

Before joining ZPC Kariba two seasons ago, the former Mbizo High School pupil had played for DStv Rangers, Bindura’s Sporting Manhenga, Chitungwiza United and Super Dynamo.

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