Dodo eyes Premier Soccer League

Irish-based, former Zimbabwean U-20 international player,,Tongai Dodo, says he wants to return and coach in the country.

Tongai Dodo
Tongai Dodo

Dodo who holds UEFA Licence B Coaching certificate is optimistic that he will make the grade in the country after a stint in Ireland and Swazi Top flight League last year.

"I am ready to go home and use my skills there. In the past years it has been a learning experience for me," he says.

He adds, "It has been challenging but I am happy that I am enjoying fruits of uplifting soccer talent in my country. I will appreciate taking a Premiership outfit with a lot of youngsters as they are easily manageable."

Born in Harare, Dodo started playing soccer at a tender age of 8-years at Makundano Primary School. He then went to play for Caps United and Arcadia United Juniors.

In 1997 he left the country for England on a student visa where he joined Forest Green Rovers F.C. He also participated in the most prestigious European tournament FA trophy as a player.

The then nomadic player signed for Irish outfit St Patrick's Athletic in 1999. In June 2001 he was forced out by a career threatening injury, only to bounce back in year 2007 as a Player/Coach with Inchicore College.

As a coach, he has three silverwares of All Ireland Belgrove Cup.

Honouring his success, Irish soccer mother body appointed him head of Football Association of Ireland (FAI) Academy.

His inspirational phrase is 'capture them while young'. In year 2007, he founded an underage Football Club for disadvantaged children. To date, the club has 5 age groups teams playing in the South Dublin Football League.

"I have a passion for discovering and nurturing young talent. I want to establish a sports minded society amongst youths in the country if we are to succeed at international level," he says.

He has also mentored XI Men in Flight and Quarryvale United. Early this year he was short-listed for the then vacant Zimbabwe senior national team football coaching position whereby he was overlooked in favour of current coach Norman Mapeza.

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