Gahadzikwa's tough choices

HARARE - When Allen Gahadzikwa left FC Platinum for CAPS United, he did not realise the only similarity between the two sides was the green colour of their uniforms.

He had believed he was solving a problem by leaving Zvishavane to relocate to Harare hoping to safeguard his property following substantial losses from numerous break-ins at his Chitungwiza house.

But beyond what seemed an opportunity to achieve two aims at once, he soon learnt of a range of problems surrounding financial upheavals and player unrest at the Green Machine.

It did not make it any easier that the midfielder was struggling for game time under Lloyd Chitembwe compelling him to request clearance and try out for Highlanders.

At Bosso the former Motor Action midfielder has not wasted time in earning the praises of coach Erol Akbay and helping the Bulawayo giants overcome the loss of key players.

Aided by an impressive six-match winning streak that has thrust them among the three front runners for the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title, the Bulawayo giants are on 50 points from 26 matches.

With four matches before the season ends, Akbay’s side is one point behind second-placed FC Platinum (before this weekend’s matches) with a chance to eclipse the miners at the dearth when the two sides meet in the penultimate fixture.

CAPS United, a team Gahadzikwa only left mid-season are in the driver’s seat, perched atop of the log and may well be crowned champions if they are to win their remaining fixtures.

The Green Machine are on 53 points with a difficult run in with clashes against Dynamos, rejuvenated Harare City, plucky Ngezi Platinum and Chapungu.

Interestingly, Gahadzikwa could have been on either side of the three teams’ line ups had circumstances and choices been different.

Should he have stayed at FC Platinum and risked losing more of his property or should he have struggled through the tough times at United for the sake of a greater price at the end?

Or did he make the right decision to cross over to the Bulawayo giants?

Well, these are questions that will be ringing in his mind as the season gallops to a photo finish.

He, however, says he is grateful for the chance to push for the title in the black and white of Highlanders and insists he is putting in a 100 percent shift.

“I sort of had a hard time at the beginning of the season but things are really shaping up,” Gahadzikwa tells the Daily News on Sunday.

“I’m playing well because the welcome has been good.  Right now I am not really looking into title. We just want to take one game at a time.”

The last time Gahadzikwa won the title was way back in 2010 in the colours of Motor Action in a season he was voted among the Premier Soccer League’s top three before quitting the side to join ambitious FC Platinum.

But only four matches will tell if his corner will be the one that triumphs at the end of a gruelling season.

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