Off the Filed with Wonder Sithole

wonder_sitholeIn this interview the Zimbabwean on Sundays Grace Chirumanzu talks to talented Dynamos midfielder Wonder Sithole about the game in general and his ambition to play in the major leagues abroad. Excerpts: (Pictured: Wonder Sithole)

Grace Chirumanzu (GC): Some fans feel you should have been among the Soccer Stars of the year given your performances with Dynamos last season. Do you know why you were not selected and any hard feelings about being left out?
Wonder Sithole (WS): I believe selectors have set criteria they use to determine who become the soccer stars and I cannot pass judgment on their selections. What I can only do is to keep working hard and hope that one day I will be recognized.
GC: And what really is the objective going forward? What is that career goal that keeps you inspired?
WS: I always try to work hard with each season and knowing that one day I may get a chance to play professionally at a foreign club gives me the drive to keep trying my best.
GC: How is it like playing for arguably the biggest club in the country? What is the most exciting thing when you put on that blue DeMbare jersey?
WS: It must be the clubs huge fan base. I tell you its very fun, no player really wants to play before an empty stadium, and it is always motivating to be supported by such a large crowd.
Of course, sometimes they can also get to jeer at their own players when one makes a blunder, but it is up to me as a player to understand how supporters feel and behave. Besides getting cheered on by everyone when you are playing well and being jeered at when you not doing so well is something any soccer player would have to be accustomed to.
GC: Dynamos is on quite a good run these days, tell us what has new coach Elvis Chiweshe done to change things so dramatically?
WS: I think it is not really a question of the new coach changing things. What he has done since taking over from Mandigora (David) has been to inspire the team and give the boys a new sense of self-belief. We have this new confidence in ourselves and that has helped a lot.
GC: Describe coach Elvis Chiweshe to us. Is he the tough and strict disciplinarian-type that instills fear in the player or what type of a guy is he?
WS: Well our coach is not much of a strict type. He is actually like a brother to us. I tell you if you were to come to our training sessions you could probably fail to tell who is the coach because of how we all relate so well.
However, this is not to say players take advantage of that and fail to show him respect. We are professionals, we know where to draw the line, and we have always respected our coach but not feared him.
GC: The departure of Thomas Sweswe for South Africas Kaizer Chiefs last month must have been quite a drawback for DeMbare. How has the team coped with the loss of such a key player?
WS: Well he is a good player and we appreciated his presence in the team but his absence will not affect us that much as there are equally good players who can easily fit in for his place.
GC: And can you disclose a little secret to us: who do you consider to be the toughest opponent or who would you say has been the toughest opponent you have had to face on the field?
WS: I consider Tunisias Etoile du Sahel to have been the toughest opponents for me when we played them in the Champions League last year. Their player gave me a torrid time on the field though we went on to win match 1-0.

Fact File
Fullnames :Wonder Sithole
D.O.B :2 October 1982
P.O.B :Mutare
Position :Midfielder
Jersey Number :18
Former Clubs :Masvingo United, Zupco Mutare
Current Club :Dynamos F.C

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