Goalkeeper Taimon Mvula says Dynamos propelled him into the limelight well before he joined the club. For Mvula, the opening match of the 2019 season is a big highlight of his career as his perfomance against Dynamos in Hwange colours caught the eye of DeMbare fans.
” For many people to know that there’s Taimon Mvula is because of the match I played against Dynamos when I was still with Hwange.
” That match transformed my career the way I was not even expecting. I had performed better before but it was after that match when many clubs started to contact me. I remember this because I had waited for years for such a day to come.”
Mvula chose to join Dynamos , leaving a club he had player for eight years, from the developmental to the senior teams.
“I had never played for any other club besides Hwange. I joined the club’s developmental side in 2011, I never played a single match. I spent six months as an unused substitute. I then later managed to play seven games and came out with seven clean sheets. My performance was noticed by the senior team coach, who later presented me an opportunity to train with the senior team. I signed a contract the following year. I was the second choice for three years and later opted to rejoin the developmental side for me to have game time.”
He believes his patience helped him to be a person who he is today as he would see other goalkeepers leaving.
” My patience paid off. I never thought of giving up. I was happy with my decision of going back to the lower league because to me it was a step forward. I saw it better to be active in the lower league than being a spectator in the senior team. Some of the goalkeepers I played with left but I wasn’t moved because I knew my target. I did that to gain experience. When I went there, I didn’t get game time again. I was then recalled to the senior team in 2016 mid season, that’s when I had game time. I wasn’t the first choice, they were rotating us. I played seven games. I only became the first choice goalkeeper in 2017. Things didn’t go well and we were relegated.”
Despite the relegation, Mvula did not leave Hwange.
“In 2018 I was still the first choice goalkeeper but we were now playing in Southern Region Division One. I managed to keep 21 clean sheets and I was voted Southern Region Division One goalkeeper of the year. My hope of being a better player was revived, we were promoted to the top flight league in 2019. When we won 1-2 against Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium, that was my breakthrough. After that match many clubs contacted me but I chose Dynamos.”
Due to COVID 19, Dynamos did not play any competitive matches last year. In a training match against the Warriors squad preparing for the African Nations Championship (CHAN), Mvula caught the eye of the head coach Zdravko Logarušić and was drafted into the provisional squad.
“I’m happy that I once had a national team call up, something I believe it would had not happened whilst playing for Hwange. My wish is to win trophies with the club and if a better opportunity comes I will grab it.”