Ageless Nyika wants to continue

HARARE - Former Highlanders midfielder Eddie Nyika, who is now playing for World Navi Northern Region Division One Soccer League side Commando Bullets, says he has no plans of hanging up his boots anytime soon.

Despite turning 37 later this month, the veteran midfielder is still going strong in the lower division and was last month voted among the Northern Region Division One Soccer Star best XI.

Although he missed out on the top gong to Mushowani captain Zivanai Mhanda, who won the league’s Best Player award, Dube is looking forward to another campaign with the One Commando-based side next year.

Nyika had an outstanding season as he helped the army to sixth place on the final log standings of the season.

“To tell you the truth, I need to keep on playing football. I cannot stop enjoying this game,” Nyika told the Daily News on the side lines of the awards ceremony at the weekend.

“Age might not be on my side but I will have to put more effort on my training. I feel very young and I still have more years to play.”

Nyika, who turned out for Black Rhinos, Highlanders and Buffaloes in the Premiership at the turn of the millennium, harbours no ambition of retaining to the top flight.

“I’m currently enjoying Division One football and I do not have any ambitions of playing in the Premiership again but if any team wants my experience I will take that offer,” he said.

“I think I am still playing well only time will tell when I am going to retire but currently I am not thinking about it.

“I also want to urge the youngsters to stay away from drugs look at my age I am still going strong.”

Nyika believes his inclusion on the World Navi Northern Region Division One Soccer League Soccer Stars list is vindication of the hard work he has put in best eleven players of the season is due to hardworking.

“I’m happy to be included in the top 11 of the Soccer stars. I want to thank my teammates and my coach they helped me a lot to win this award,” he said.

“I was very surprised to be named as one of the best players in the Northern Region, to tell the truth playing with these youngsters is very interesting because you learn different new skills.”

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