21 January 2019
STRIKER McDonald Motsi leaves Eastern Region outfit, Green Fuel, with a heavy heart as he seeks to revive his career with a move back to Yadah in the Premiership.
Motsi is expected to finalise his contract with Yadah this week in what will be a career lifeline. This transfer will also see Motsi reuniting with Prophet Walter Magaya and the entire Yadah family.
“I am happy coming back to Yadah so I am coming back to my home. I love this team,” Motsi told H-Metro.
“That man (Magaya), he is my guardian. Prophet Walter Magaya to me is my father so I am coming back to my daddy.”
To many, the name McDonald Motsi had probably been forgotten as the pint-sized striker seemingly fell from grace and sunk into oblivion owing to a career threatening injury.
In 2014, Motsi suffered a broken leg -on the shin- in Gunners’ Northern Region Soccer League home match at Rufaro Stadium. This was the 22nd game of the season and Motsi had five goals to his name.
At the time, Motsi was on a high having bagged the 2013 NRSL Golden Boot after netting 20 goals with now defunct Gunners -a club that was also bankrolled by Magaya.
By breaking his leg, Motsi’s career seemed to take a tumble keeping him out of action for almost two years. He even admitted to being in the darkest of places harbouring thoughts of no return to action.
“When I got injured I thought my career was over. Prophet came to Parirenyatwa (Hospital) and told me that ‘You’re the best player. I have seen a vision that you will come back’. I didn’t believe it but I started walking six months down the line.”
Motsi’s career, especially in the past five years, has been a bag full of mixed emotions. It’s a journey that had taken him through the NRSL, Southern Region, Eastern Region and the PSL.
Hope only came through in 2016 when his former coach at Gunners, Darlington Dodo, accommodated him at Tsholotsho in the Premiership.
However, the stay at Tsholotsho did not really offer him the platform to a perfect comeback.
Only people who knew of Motsi’s ability had confidence that he would come through and hit top form. As such, then Green Fuel coach Warren Mapanga took him to the Eastern Region as a 2018-mid season signing.
“I was told by daddy (Magaya) to look for a good team and play so that my leg would get strong so I went to Green Fuel. Prophet has been there for me, he paid for my operation about $2 200 at the hospital so I am back to my daddy.”
At Green Fuel, Motsi made an immediate impact, got elevated to vice captaincy and scored eight goals, seven in league and one in cup competition. Furthermore, he was among the Soccer Star finalists for 2018.
“He played well. He is an intelligent player and he is brilliant,” Mapanga told H-Metro.
After all these efforts, Motsi was one of the many offloaded players at Green Fuel at the close of the 2018 season. Then the timely call came through.
“I left Green Fuel. I talked to them about my signing on fees then I came to Harare for the (Christmas) break. That’s when daddy (Magaya) called me so I think Yadah is where I will be making my name again.”
Motsi is excited to return to Yadah where there are so many familiar faces on and off the field. He has so much ambitions for the 2019 season.
“I want to be Soccer Star and I know with anointing oil it will work out. I want to contribute in taking Yadah to the top or even winning the championship. I know we can do it,” he said.