MAKUNIKE DEFENDS RISKY MOVE

Veronica Gwaze

Sports Reporter

WHEN Junior Makunike ditched Dynamos at the start of the year, to join ambitious Simba Bhora, his move torched a lot of controversy.

Many wondered why the budding star, who had made an impact at one of the country’s oldest clubs, would abandon a lifetime opportunity to play in the CAF Confederation Cup.

“Sometimes you get into a situation where you have to make some painful decisions in life for you to develop or grow and that is what I did,” he said.

“I got a platform to rise and make a name but there is more to being a player and family person than that.

“It is every player’s dream to play in the CAF Confederation Cup but sometimes one should also look at other factors and take the risk.”

Since joining Simba Bhora, Makunike is yet to reach the levels he touched last year.

Unlike at Dynamos, where he had become a regular in the starting line-up, the budding star now has to fight for the starting spot against veteran Tichaona Chipunza.

He played the full game in the 2-1 win over Ngezi Platinum.

“We knew that it was not going to be an easy game and that if we were to win it we had to do so through mental strength and it worked,” he said.

“When we equalised, we knew that nothing would stop us from winning the match so we told each other to start pressing because we knew they would not be able to keep up.

“I miss the guys (Tanaka Shandirwa and Donald Mudadi, you know the telepathy was strong and we could predict each other’s moves but, do not get me wrong, I do not regret the move.

“Moving was always going to be part of the journey so there was never going to be a perfect time to move.

“Personally, I am aware that I have not yet reached the level I was last season, obviously, coming into a new place I took some time to adjust and fit into the new camp.

“I am surrounded by seniors who have been in the game for long, what I love most about this camp is that they are friendly, they have taught me a lot and made me happy here.”

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