DeMbare sign teenage striker

HARARE - Dynamos have completed the signing of Zimbabwe youth international striker Thomas Kadyaridzire on a three-year deal from Zifa Harare Division Three side Total Academy.

Kadyaridzire, who turns 18, this June, will now begin training with the Glamour Boys’ first team straight away but his manager Gibson Mahachi has warned not to expect too much from the striker, who is still in his development stages.

Many budding teenage sensations have failed to live up to expectations following an early entry into the spotlight.

Kadyaridzire first caught the eye of many football enthusiasts during last year’s African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games in Bulawayo.

He finished the tournament as Zimbabwe’s top goal scorer with four goals as the Young Warriors won a silver medal.

His tally also ensured that he won the Silver Boot behind Zambia’s Patrick Ngoma, who scored seven goals.

“The boy belongs to Total Academy from Warren Park. What is important is to get him training with the big boys. That’s what we need for him to develop,” Mahachi told the Daily News yesterday.

“Probably towards the end of this season or next season, he will get some game time but you never know with football, if he impresses the coaches he will probably start playing earlier than we expect.

“Peter Ndlovu went to Coventry when he was only 17, so you never know what will happen with Thomas at Dynamos.”

Total Academy co-director, Tatenda Madzingo, believes Kadyaridzire has a bright future with the Glamour Boys.

“At the moment, Thomas is still a young man and he’s turning 18 later this year and it’s just a matter of time before he can start making a impact at Dynamos,” Madzingo told the Daily News.

“I believe that as the season goes on and he gets his confidence levels up and he will show everyone what he’s made of.

“He’s is a technically gifted striker with a lot of skill and power to take on defenders. His finishing is also of high standard.”

Madzingo said Kadyaridzire’s exploits with the Young Warriors at the Youth Games opened up doors for the budding striker.

“I think Thomas got a lot of exposure when he played for Zimbabwe at the Youth Games where he was the team’s top goal scorer,” he said.

“After the Youth Games, there was huge interest in him from a lot of local clubs but we finally decided it was better for him to go to Dynamos because that’s where we believe he would develop.

“I know the coaches, Tonderai Ndiraya and (David) Mandigora, are people who like to work with youngsters and they will get the best out of Thomas.”

At the Glamour Boys, Kadyaridze will have to content for a place in the starting XI with established forwards like Roderick Mutuma, Simba Sithole, Kelvin Bulaji, Patrick Khumbula, Anesu Gondo and Farai Mupasiri.

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