It's a dream come true - Kadewere

HARARE - About 15 kilometres south of Harare’s CBD is a popular high density suburb; Highfield.

If the name rings any bells, it’s probably because the suburb is home to some of the most influential names in every aspect of Zimbabwean history.

From politics, music, business and sport, Highfield has produced a lot of luminaries and very soon Tinotenda Kadewere’s name will be added among those famous names.

Hailing from a footballing family, the 20-year-old was always going to gravitate towards the sport and made his debut in the Castle Lager Premiership in 2014 after he had signed for Harare City.

At that time, he was still fresh out of Prince Edward School as he made a number of cameo roles from the bench.

But his performances would eventually see him forcing his way into Taurai Mangwiro’s plans at the start of the 2015 season.

His exploits were enough to spark interest from Sweden’s Djurgardens IF, such that halfway through the season, he had to leave the Sunshine Boys after striking a contract.

Since his move to Sweden, Kadewere has developed into one of the most important players for Djurgardens and it has not gone unnoticed as Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa handed him his first senior national team call-up.

For Kadewere, this is a dream come true and a sign of brighter days to come.

“It’s great for me to be part of the senior national team. This is my debut in the senior team and it’s really a great feeling being part of this group,” Kadewere told the Daily News.

“I have been working hard and praying for such an opportunity and now it is time to prove myself so I am looking forward to do my best.”

Having heard of the national team call-up just days after scoring a wonder goal for his team, Kadewere described the development as one of the best in his career thus far.

“When they contacted my team through my sports director, it was an amazing surprise.

“It was the second day after I scored a beautiful goal it turned out that that week was one of the best in my life,” said Kadewere.

“For me, it’s really an achievement after doing well for my team and getting a call-up to the national team for the first time.

“Honestly, I was not expecting it but it’s something that I have been praying and working hard for.

“I was telling myself that the right time will come for me and I think this is the right time for me.”

Kadewere has represented Zimbabwe at junior level and is itching for his debut with the senior national team.

While it’s a dream come true, he does not want to put himself under pressure and prefers to stick to his normal game.  

“I just need to be calm and do what I am capable of doing. I wouldn’t want it to be about myself but I want to be a team player and see what will happen in the future,” Kadewere said.

“I’m pleased with my training sessions with the other guys so far and I think we are getting along well.

“The only thing is that it has been a while since I last played at home but this is my country and I have to stick to my normal game.”

With the Warriors preparing for 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Gabon early next year, Kadewere is eager to make the grade but knows only hard work can earn him a place in Pasuwa’s team.

“It’s up to the coach to select me for Gabon but I have a great feeling that I might be part of the team.

“But I need to work hard to be part of that team,” Kadewere.

The Warriors face Tanzania tomorrow at the National Sports Stadium as Pasuwa seeks to assemble a competitive side ahead of Afcon.

Zimbabwe were pooled in a tough Group B for the Afcon tournament alongside African heavyweights Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia.

The Warriors definitely need all the help they can get to prepare to square up against these aristocrats of African football.

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