Kwashi adapts to new role

Zimbabwean international striker Tostao Kwashi said recently that he was adapting well to his role as a midfielder for his new club in Vietnam.

The former Caps United striker, who previously played for The Warriors, joined Voung An Giang in the Vietnam first division after he left elite league outfit, Sai Gon Xuan Than. He has been deployed in the middle of the park, as the first division log-leaders seek promotion to the V-League.

While he had spent his career as a centre forward, he said he had no qualms with the switch to the team’s engine room, which seems to be permanent.

“At 33 years of age, I am now a veteran and have easily adapted to my new position,” said Kwashi.

Halfway into the season, his side led the standings, albeit only on goal difference that put them ahead of Dong Thap and Quang Ninh.

“Modern football demands that you be able to play in any position in case the coach assigns you to an ‘unfamiliar’ one. You have to enjoy it and embrace the challenge. I can play anywhere as long as I am in the team. The difference between the two positions is that there is more work involved in midfield, where there is non-stop action. It is unlike when one plays upfront you can walk or rest. There is no time for that in the middle of the park.”

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