HARARE - ZPC Kariba defender Thomas Sweswe believes he still has a lot to offer to the game and is even confident of winning trophies with his side ahead of the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership season.
The 34-year-old steely defender, who bounced back in the domestic Premiership in the second half of last season, six years after leaving the country for South Africa.
Sweswe, whose career took a dent after he was handed a life ban by Zifa for his alleged role in the Asiagate match fixing scandal before it was lifted last year, enjoyed spells with Kaizer Chiefs, Bidvest Wits and Black Leopards across the Limpopo.
“I still have a lot of energy and I will keep on working and encourage the youngsters to do well. I believe I can still be called to the national team,” Sweswe told the Daily News after ZPC’s 1-0 victory over Dynamos in the Zimbabwe National Army Charities Soccer Shield quarter-final tie on Sunday.
“In football you can never say never for as long you work hard, the results will be there for everyone to see. So I believe if I can work hard I can be called to the national team again.
“Our target for this season is to stay in the Premiership but we will see how it goes, we can even go on to win the championship.
“Obviously the reason why we are in the Premiership is to win trophies. It can be achieved and we will definitely need to work even harder.”
Sweswe feels the fact that Premiership football is almost in all corners of the country will also give his side an edge.
On the team’s progress Sweswe feels they are heading towards the right direction and can only get better with time.
“I think there is still room for improvement from our side since it’s our second game since we started training,” he said.
“We still have a month before the season starts and I think we are in the right direction. We are almost a new side from the one that did duty last season and so far the signs are good.
“You can actually see the combinations are coming out which is a good sign of progress. As the senior guys at the club,we are trying to help the new guys settle well.”
ZPC Kariba are re-building under the guidance of Sunday Chidzambwa and have since beefed up their side with such players like Godknows Mangani, Osbourne Mukuradare, Wisdom Mutasa, Talent Chawapihwa, Timire Mamvura and Takudzwa Mahori.