Gwekwerere: The return

Former Zimbabwe national soccer team striker Evans Gwekwerere has returned to the local game, promising to rekindle the fame he earned in the books of Dynamos more than a decade ago.

Evans Gwekwerere
Evans Gwekwerere

Nicknamed “The Earthquake” after his whirlwind-like arrival in the local league in 2002, Gwekwerere recently joined Mutare-based Buffaloes on a one-year deal he hopes will give him a rebirth.

The striker, who has also played for Cap United locally, spent some seasons in South Africa, where he played for Moroka Swallows and Jomo Cosmos. He returns to the Castle Premiership from a short stint in Botswana.

The striker, who had a decent stint with The Warriors and made a brilliant input in the then trailblazing Dynamos of 2002 – 2003, said this week he still had the form and talent that made him a household name locally.

“I still want to win things and I believe that we will have a great season. Buffaloes are a good side and I am glad to play for them,” said the striker during a recent interview with The Zimbabwean.

“I want to thank the coach, Luke Masomere, for showing belief in me and I promise to deliver the goods for them. I do not promise to perform any miracles, but I will take each game as it comes. I want to do well and justify my inclusion in the team.”

Masomere, who included the former DeMbare hitman in the 29-member squad he released last week, said he liked what he saw at training.

“I was impressed by his performance during trials, so I had to sign him. We will definitely compete well with other teams in the league this season,” said Masomere, who has also previously coached Dynamos and also once won the league with Amazulu.

However, apart from the well-known controversies that Gwekwerere has been embroiled in over the years, which border on sheer lack of discipline, the striker has of late been a pale shadow of the youthful athlete who endeared himself to the DeMbare faithful when he burst onto the scene, gifted with blistering pace and precision.

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