Chawapiwa targets Warriors return

Talent Chawapiwa hopes his recent move to AmaZulu will enhance his chances of a regular place in Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s squad.

With the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals around the corner, Chawapiwa is desperate to catch the eye of the Warriors coach.

Zimbabwe have a good chance of sealing their place at the finals to be held in Egypt between June 21 and July 17 as they currently sit top of Group G with one game to go.

If the Warriors avoid defeat against Congo in their final group game at the National Sports Stadium on March 24, they will be going to Egypt.

Chawapiwa recently completed his move from Baroka FC to join Usuthu and wants to make the most of this new opportunity.     

“I'm here to play football and make sure the team wins trophies, this is a huge step for me as a player,” Chawapiwa said at his unveiling.

“It's a good feeling when you play for a team that needs you, every player wants to be in a team where he is guaranteed game-time.

“I want to make sure my performance improves so I can attract interest from our national coach to select me. It's everyone's dream to represent your national team.”

Chawapiwa, who played for Harare City and FC Platinum in the Zimbabwe top flight before moving to Baroka, said he was also convinced to join AmaZulu by his compatriot Ovidy Karuru.

“Karuru is a very honest guy, he was very open to me about the club and his opinion made me realise how important it is for me to do well here,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tapelo Nyongo's cracking free-kick guided AmaZulu to a 1-0 Absa Premiership win over Cape Town City at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Saturday evening.

Kermit Erasmus missed an early penalty for the visitors who squandered a chance to move within four points of league leaders Bidvest Wits. Victory propelled Usuthu seven points clear of the relegation zone.

City were awarded a penalty in the sixth minute following a reckless tackle by Phumlani Gumede on Erasmus.

The former Orlando Pirates forward dusted himself off and stepped up to take the penalty, but was denied a first Citizens goal by the impressive Siyabonga Mbatha in the AmaZulu goal.

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