Matova relishes Mushure battle

HARARE - Dynamos defender Romario Matova believes this season is perfectly set up for him to wrestle the left back jersey from his captain Ocean Mushure.

With the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership season only three weeks away from starting, Matova put in a good performance during Sunday’s 1-0 win over rivals CAPS United in the ZNA Commander Charity Shield semi-final at the National Sports Stadium last Sunday.

Several Dynamos senior players boycotted training last week as they demanded dues dating back to last year forcing Mutasa to field a largely young side.

However, the youthful DeMbare side went on to book a place in the final against Highlanders following Kudzanai Dhemere’s second half strike.

Coach Lloyd Mutasa was impressed by Matova’s performance which he feels will generate healthy competition between the 18-year-old and Mushure for the left back position.

“I am very much encouraged with his development. Each time you call him for duty he always gives you what you ask of him and it’s very encouraging,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

“As a coach you can only be satisfied with the level of competition that it brings to the team. I hope he will keep his head down and concentrate on improving his game. I am happy for him and I expect him to play an important role this year for us just like anyone else in the team.”

For the past couple of seasons, Mushure has been one of the standout performers for the Glamour Boys.

This has made him a cult hero among the Dynamos fans which means for Matova to make that left back slot his, it’s going to be a tough task.

Last season, Matova made a handful of appearances whenever Mushure was injured as Dynamos finished the season in second place behind champions FC Platinum. But this time around he is hoping to get more game time owing to the hard work he is putting in at training.

“You want to know that if you are playing well and you are training well you will be in the team. I am happy to be afforded a chance to play. It feels really good,” he said.

“It’s not nice when there are favourites, I think coach Mutasa has brought that into the team and I am happy. The coach is pushing us a lot to work hard.

“There is going to be competition for places especially at the left back because there are also players like our captain Mushure who also plays at the same position.

“Of course it won’t be easy but I want to work hard for a place and achieve something with the team. I just want to work hard each time I am called for duty.”

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