The tale of young “Sanogo”

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Branton Matondo 

Football has in the past decades brought exciting fortunes for many footballers, from the glory days of George Shaya, Peter Ndlovu to the current days of Willard “Salt and Vinegar” Katsande and such fortunes have knocked at the door of one Takunda Mawarire.

Growing in the remote town of Munyati, approximately 35 kilometres from Kwekwe CBD, Takunda “Sanogo” Mawarire was always a son of football. He had intimate passion with the most popular sport.

Being tutored by Rutherford “Wasu” Matondo and Taurai Karidza (school coach) was a stepping stone in the right direction.

“I was always crazy about football, even at Munyati High School l would try to play and enjoy myself”, said Mawarire.

His professional debut appearance at Matondos ZPC Munyati Fc in 2016 was a pace setter for the tall gangling striker.

With just a meagre of experience, he managed to inaugurate his talent in the division one scene. “l was nervous at that time because it was a different scenario altogether as compared to the school competitions”.

“When luck strike once, strike hard it does”, and strike it did for Mawarire who was called for duty by the Mandava based outfit Fc Platinum Under 19.

The home of Midlands young talent was a place to be for the sharp shooter. 

With his giant stature, good stamina and sheer strength, “Sanogo” really felt at home. His first experience at Mandava was exciting and startling. “l remember saying to myself, zvazvinhu (now we are talking)”.

With quality training material and professional coaches at his disposal, Mawarire saw nothing that could stop him. 

2017 was a successful a successful year for Mawarire who ended up swaying fans from Midlands and in the process adopting a nickname “Yaya” because of his wonderful skills.

“Just like Yaya Toure, I’m strong and tough,” claimed the Munyati star on the origin of his popular nickname.

In 2018, glamour was the order of the day for Mawarire who managed to clinch the golden boot. With players like former Prince Edward High School dribbling “lizard” Tanaka Chidhobha, Pheneas “Mbudzi” Mutsetse and Leonard “Mabhudhi” Jani on his side, goals were surely raining.

He took the personal accolade after scoring 13 goals in a league of 13 teams.

“Yaya”, a talk of the province was now the talk of the nation. National media organizations like The Chronicle and Ya FM were on his neck for coverage.

The trickery forward was always fascinated by playing against his former side. He always tried to maintain a cool professional head.

The fixtures were always tough and exciting especiallyplaying at ZPC Munyati Stadium,” l remember scoring a scorcher in the 2017 season against my former team in Mandava stadium, it was exciting and emotional for me”.

Capabilities manifested in 2018 and it was a clear sign that Mawarires future was bright. From one stage of glory, to another one, 2020 was a year of blessings for the 21-year-oldgoal banger.

His efforts at Fc Platinum Under 19 attracted attention of Dynamos Fc. In a preseason gala held Dynamos Fc, Mawarire took to the stage with other prominent players like King Nadolo and Patson Jaure who were all new signings for “Dembare”. 

After the introduction of 12 new signings, it was now his turn. On the big screen appeared the name Takunda Mawarire, aged 21, jersey number 22 and nickname “Sanogo”.

“Wow ……. the feeling was great”, testified Mawarire who was among the 13 new signings. 

Tonderayi Nderayas love for young talent clearly led to the Kwekwe based talent in signing a contract at the most successful club in Zimbabwe.

With such a prestigious club at his disposal, Sanogo promises an exciting 2020 season with the Glamour boys.

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  1. Tatenda says

    Keep the fire burning

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