Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
CHICKEN Inn forward Paddington Nyamakura says he is struggling to wait longer as the lockdown is keeping football action at bay.
Nyamakura told H-Metro that he initially welcomed the lay-off of football as it enabled him to work on his fitness and adapt at his new club.
He, however, admitted that the situation is now hurting.
“I have a great passion for this game but to be honest it’s now hurting. When the lockdown started, I had no problem with it since I knew I would use the lay-off to work on a number of aspects related to the game.
“Remember this is my first season at Chicken Inn and you need to adapt to a number of things. Every coach and team comes with a different philosophy. I used the time to learn and adjust but not anymore, I feel it is time to be back on the pitch and it’s really frustrating,” said Nyamakura.
The former Yadah player, who joined Joey Antipas’ men at the beginning of the year described as unfortunate that his targets have been delayed.
For him, joining the Gamecocks is giant step in his career and wanted to use it as a stepping stone.
“I have been working hard to make from the start and this was a big move to me I want to be honest.
“It’s not easy to accept that all the targets and goals have been delayed and with no guarantee of when and how football will return. But again it is important to remain positive and I am just doing that.
“Yes it’s a difficult situation like but I will wait as a professional and stick to my goals,” he said.
Nyamakura said it is not a secret that every professional footballer in the country, including other stakeholders, have missed the game.
He said the motivating factor is other neighbouring countries – including South Africa, the most affected in the country – have resumed football.
“We miss this amazing sport but we have to have faith and keep our heads up knowing that sooner or later we will play again.
“The encouraging factor is that other countries around in Africa have resumed and some are working on that. It means it’s possible and we can do it if we are to put our hands together.
“Of course the cases are increasing which makes it difficult but we remain hopeful leaving everything to go,” he said.
Despite all the setbacks, he is working and adhering to programmes from their coaches.
“I’m still training hard and also we are receiving training programmes from our coaches which I’m adhering to. It’s helping me to remain in shape,” he said.