Malajila jumps to the driving seat

Zimbabwe Warriors striker, Cuthbert Malajila is a player of rare breed. Since his days at Chapungu, Malajila has carried a lot of promise and lived up to it.

Cuthbert Malajila
Cuthbert Malajila

One of the few players to have also played for both of Zimbabwe’s football giants, Highlanders and Dynamos, he also impressed in the colours of both and proved beyond doubt that he is in a class of his own.

When he left Zimbabwe for Maritzburg United about two seasons ago, the man who has also traded leather in Libya made a quiet arrival, but once he found his footing in the ABSA Premiership, he became one of the most-feared strikers.

His classical performance for the Durban-based side, alongside countryman, Terrence Mandaza, became talk of the SA league and it came as no surprise when he was snatched by the cash-rich Mamelodi Sundowns during the off-season.

Sundowns have “killed” many a promising striker they have bought before – Mandoba Ngwenya, Lungisani Ndlela, Richard Henyekane, Edward Manqele, the list is endless.

Will Malajila also fall in the same heap with these players, some of who have left the Pretoria-based side as rejects and failed to rise up again?

The Zimbabwean striker made a statement of intent when he scored a brace on his debut for The Brazilians in a pre-season friendly two weeks ago, but it was the way he led Sundowns’ charge in their first PSL game against Bloemfontein Celtc, who they beat 3-1 in their opening 2013/14 Premiership fixture, which showed what the soccer world should expect from the Zimbabwean star, gifted with speed, dribbling skills and power both on the ground and on air.

Malajila has proven in all the clubs he has played for that he is a complete striker, but it is the way he will acquit himself at Sundowns that will prove that beyond any doubt and give him the legendary status of former Warriors captain, Peter Ndlovu.

Should he play to his full potential, the Zimbabwean will also lay claim to the Golden Boot award, but that will be if he manages to remain fit and keep other gifted players at bay in a club where injury can see a player easily slide down the pecking order for good.

Club veteran and fellow Zimbabwean, Esrom Nyandoro, believes that the former Chapungu hitman will, like him, last the distance that has already claimed the scalps of defender Method Mwanjali and defensive midfielder Lionel Mtizwa, both shipped out of the club recently.

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