End of the road for Chinyama

So Zimbabwe international striker Takesure Chinyama will be pushed off the Platinum Stars deck at the end of this season.


For those who have been following the ABSA Premiership, the writing was on the wall for the former Dynamos hitmen. Since his move from Orlando Pirates at the start of the season, Chinyama’s life has been spent more on the sidelines than within the lines.

When he signed for Orlando Pirates, he carried much promise and for a few matches in the Johannesburg-based side, he lived up to that hype. Lack of skill eventually showed and when he least-expected it, he was released by the Buccaneers.

His fallback was a short contract with stars, where he signed for half a season, with the option of renewal. On paper, so lucky was he that in that short space of time he won two trophies – the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout.

However, reality is that the former Warriors hitman is yet to play his first game for Dikwena, less than 10 games to the end of the 2013-14 season. That is quite a bad return for a foreign signing who, coming from a big club like Pirates obviously earns more than most of those who sweat and bleed on the pitch.

In a nutshell, the 31-year-old striker has been more of a liability to the platinum miners than he has been an asset. Sources also say he has an attitude problem that affected his progress.

“The problem is that when players come from big teams like Pirates, they expect to just walk into the team, which is not the case here,” said the club source last week. “Unfortunately Chinyama has not been pulling his weight at training and that is why he has not made any start so far.”

Dikwena coach Allan Freese also hinted that the man who made his name at Hwange has not been doing enough to progress into the team.

“There are other guys competing for the same position in the team. It has nothing to do with anything else. It depends who gives more at training and who wants to play more. There are other players in the team fighting for that position like Henrico (Botes), Scara (Mthembu), Tsotso (Ngele) and it depends how much a player wants to play during training,” said Freese.

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