Left back Tinotenda Muringai has reflected on a season that transformed him from a mere boy to a man worthy to compete with the best in the country’s top-flight league.
Unlike other players who struggle to play for big clubs, Muringai had his first Premiership appearance at 17 with Dynamos.
After his first appearance for the Glamour Boys on the opening day of the 2019 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season, Muringai only missed four games throughout the campaign. He became a regular starter.
“Growing up I used to hear that the Premier League was not for young players. I was hoping to get my chance when I am 23 or 24 years old, but God had other plans for me. I managed to play a lot of games in my first season.
“I found it difficult to play for the club during my first days. After realising how demanding the Dynamos fans are, I made decision to be brave and that helped me throughout the season.
“During pre-season we would go to places like Karoi to play friendly games. That’s when I realised that playing for Dynamos wasn’t easy. I had to grow up and become a man.
“Everywhere we went there were plenty of supporters following the team even during pre-season .When the season started, little me was playing in front of so many fans who were singing songs and playing drums.
“They would hurl insults and whistle when one made a mistake and applaud when a player did well. I realised that I had to make sure that I did not panic. I told myself that I was no longer a kid but an adult and I had to apply myself like one. I refused to be bullied on the pitch no matter who I was playing against,” he said.
“My first league match was wonderful because the ground was almost full. With the fans it was the same story. When you make a mistake you are in for it, but when you do good it was different. I learnt how not to focus on the fans but on my game from the first day and know that playing for Dynamos has its own pressure.”
Muringai who was part of the COSAFA Cup Zimbbawe Warriors squad last year wants is to be victorious with Dynamos this coming season.
” I’m now on a new chapter. I’m a better player and all I want is to win. My target is to win trophies, if possible all of them. I want to be part of the squad which will forever be on everyone’s lips. I want to play in the Confederation of Africa (CAF) competition and it is only possible if we do good locally as a team. I believe together we can bring back glory days at the club.”