Chinyama luckier on the Stars bench

Top Zimbabwean international striker Takesure Chinyama has seen very little action since he was offloaded by Orlando Pirates to Rustenburg-based Platinum Stars.


However, what should have hit him as a bout of bad luck has seemingly transformed into good fortune for the Zimbabwe national team hit-man.

Chinyama, who arrived carrying a $50,000 price tag and much promise, did not win anything of note with the Buccaneers, for whom he hit four goals in one match at some point, as the Johannesburg-based club coursed to the CAF Champions League final.

When he was subsequently swept off the deck to the Rustenburg-based side, his fortunes – and those of Dikwena – suddenly changed. A few months after his arrival, he was thrown in the deep end and emerged victorious against his former paymasters.

Chinyama was the only Stars player to miss a penalty in the final, but that did not stop Dikwena from winning the shootout and with it, the R8 million cash prize, as Pirates’ period of mourning was extended by at least another final.

Fast-forward by slightly more than a month and the former Dynamos player is eligible for yet another final – the Telkom Knockout, after his side beat defending league champions, Kaizer Chiefs, 1-0 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The December 7 face-off at the Mbombela Stadium, in Nelspruit, will be a replay of the MTN8 final, giving Chinyama yet another chance to emerge winner over a side that demanded to see his back sooner than he could get an explanation as to why he was shown the door.

Chinyama might wait a bit longer to get the reason why he was offloaded by Pirates, but during that wait, he will be eager to show them why they should not have taken the decision – by helping Stars lay their hands on yet another trophy. And December 7 will be the day for him to do that.

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