Gurure living his dream

MUTARE - With six goals in his maiden top flight football season, Mutare City Rovers forward Kudakwashe Gurure is an early contender for the Castle Lager Premiership Rookie of the Year award.

Finding the back of the net against the country’s top teams — Harare City, Dynamos, Chicken Inn, Highlanders and Tsholotsho, Gurure is having a dream start to his professional football career.

The 20-year-old has risen from obscurity to become one of the few players guaranteed a starting place in the Magusha line-up.

With a deft right foot and strong presence in the air, the averagely built and tall Gurure fits the profile of the ideal modern day forward.

He can play up front leading the line or on either wings and can also operate in the attacking midfield role behind the forwards.

Gurure has been the shining beacon during a difficult debut season in the top flight for the municipality-owned side in which they have been fighting relegation from week one.

“I can play as an out and out striker or a midfielder because I’m also good at holding the ball and creating chances for my teammates,” Gurure says regarding his versatility.

Gurure started his serious pursuit of his football career at Mutare Boys High School where in 2012 he emerged as the top goal scorer during the provincial Copa Coca-Cola Under 16 boys tournament.

A CAPS United scout was at the tournament and the following year, Gurure was invited to train with the Green Machine first team.

Although no deal was reached, Gurure did not give up and continued with his studies and football after he was awarded a full scholarship to complete his ‘‘A’’ Levels at Gutu Mission.

“After finishing my ‘‘O’’ Levels, I briefly trained with the CAPS first team. I however, decided to pursue my academic studies more after they had dropped me back to the juniors,” Gurure recalls.

He did not have to wait for his dream of playing in the Premiership as he joined newly-promoted Magusha at the start of the season after signing from Division One side Gutu Leopards.

After a difficult start to the season, the club decided to rope in Taku Shariwa to take charge of the side and results are slowly began to improve.

Shariwa’s arrival also saw Gurure’s game improve vastly as most of the Rovers’ attacks now go through the young forward. 

“I’m having a great experience. I’m living my dream and hope to achieve something big soon. I’m learning a lot from my coaches and fellow players, most of whom are more experienced than me,” he says.

“We are playing as a team ad cooperating which are key to our success as a team,” he said.

Regarding Shariwa’s influence on his game and their chances of surviving the drop, Gurure said:  “The coach is very good and he is giving us positivity and improving us as individual players.

“The team is going to survive relegation. We have been improving a lot and playing as a team we have of late been grinding positive results.”

Gurure, however, made headlines for the wrong reasons midway through the season when Rovers were docked points after fielding him in a match against FC platinum when he should have been suspended. 

The blunder cost Rovers three vital points but judging by the ability Gurure has shown thus far, he certainly has the tools to dig his side out of this hole they find themselves in.

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