Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
SPARTA Prague defender Costa Nhamoinesu is celebrating earning a ticket into the UEFA Europa League next season.
Sparta defeated FC Slovan Liberec 2-1 in the MOL Cup final of Czech Republic’s major knockout competition on Wednesday.
And Nhamoinesu, who was an unused substitute in the match, said it has been his dream to win many trophies.
The former Warriors defender has won four trophies the Czech giants since joining them in 2013.
“It’s an amazing feeling, in football usually in the end, what counts is trophies and medals.
“I have won four trophies now including an amazing journey in the UEFA Europa League,” said Nhamoinesu.
It is the second time for 30-year-old to win the Czech Cup following another triumph in 2014 and has the championship and the Super Cup in his cabinet.
This week’s success, however, means a lot for Nhamoinesu who said their fans are ‘too demanding’.
He likened the team to Dynamos here back home saying only positive results can make players and the technical staff be at ease with the supporters.
“Sparta is specifically a demanding team, maybe something like Dynamos back at home, super results are always expected and it’s something you always want to deliver, those results for the fans and all stakeholders,” he said.
Nhamoinesu, who had recurring injury problems this term, is happy to book another ticket for the Europa League next season though he is not new to the competition.
He said it has been always his dream to play at top level.
“For me thats one of the reasons of playing football, reaching those higher levels and performing in those high quality tournaments.
“At that stage, football becomes different, the quality gets higher and you get to learn and improve more,” he said.
The towering defender who is reaching his career twilight believes he is also paving way for youngsters from Zimbabwe.
“More important for me is also paving way for the upcoming youths.
“Ghetto youths must never lose hope or abandon what they believe in and I think this will come as a motivation to them.”
Nhamoinesu also spoke on the demanding schedule since the resumption of football in the country after lockdown and also playing behind closed doors.
“After lockdown, it’s been demanding. Games pilled up, so you need to keep your professional and be ready for the challenge.
“But I must admit that it was something strange to play without fans especially at the beginning but it got better with time when some number of fans were allowed;” said Nhamoinesu.