Shandirwa’s two tales

Has Shandirwa lost the plot?

 Veronica Gwaze 

TANAKA ‘Kante’ Shandirwa might be slowly adding his name to the longlist of domestic Premiership players who failed to fulfill their potential because of wayward behaviour.

The Dynamos posterboy now finds himself entangled in issues with the potential of derailing his promising career.

Barely a year after exploding in the Premiership, playing his way to a place among the 2023 Soccer Stars of the Year and earning a spot in the Warriors’ squad, the 24-year-old’s life has taken a wrong turn.

On various occasions the midfielder, who is on loan from Yadah, has been spotted at the wrong places at the wrong ntime.

When Dynamos played Chegutu at Baobab, Shandirwa, who was out injured, was spotted at Rufaro during the CAPS United and Greenfuel encounter. 

The signs were that he could have been drinking some alcohol.

It was the same story at Rufaro on Sunday as he watched DeMbare share spoils in a 2-2 draw against champions Ngezi Platinum Stars. 

He even caused mayhem at the VIP entrance, shouting some obscenities, as he clashed with Dynamos’ officials, who were barring him from entering the stadium in such a state. 

“It is not good for a professional player to behave in such a manner, he is my teammate and what has been happening with him of late is bad,” said one of his teammates. 

“Even in training, he has (lost some of his touch), we have been trying to talk to him as his friends and to also spend more time with him just to keep him away from bad habits but he barely listens to us.” 

Earlier in this campaign, Shandirwa sought counselling from Prophet Walter Magaya after a poor start to the season.

“Shandirwa has all the potential to make it far in the game but I am very worried with how things have been going on with him of late and it is so painful to me as his coach,” revealed Dynamos coach Genesis Mangombe.

“We have had time to talk to him several times but some things keep recurring.

“As my player, I look at him like he is my own son so I will be patient and keep on doing my best to assist him.

“It is painful for me as a coach to be talking about such issues with my players, especially one like Shandirwa. 

“I know where he comes from and would have loved to see him change his life story so I am hoping for the best.”


Shandirwa’s camp lays the blame on DeMbare 

Bruce Chikuni 

DYNAMOS are flirting with the possibility of losing midfielder, Tanaka ‘Kante’ Shandirwa, to his parent team, Yadah Stars, as they are being accused of refusing to pay his medical bills. 

DeMbare are being accused by Shandirwa’s camp of not making an effort to help him regain fitness. 

He sustained an ankle injury in DeMbare’s second assignment of the season when they stumbled to a 2-2 draw against Hwange. 

The 24-year-old is said to have informed the club about the severity of his setback the following week. 

But, the club encouraged him to soldier with the injury. 

As a result, this worsened his injury and he has not been in the Dynamos team in their last two games. 

He asked to be replaced, after failing to cope with the injury, when the Glamour Boys edged TelOne 1-0. 

His management is now calling for intervention from his parent club, Yadah.

Yadah owner, Prophet Walter Magaya, could recall Shandirwa from his loan at the Glamour Boys.

The loan deal is expected to run down at the end of this campaign. 

Last month, Magaya invited Shandirwa to his hotel in Waterfalls to have a “serious” chat with him related to personal challenges facing the midfielder.

His handlers said they will be happy if Magaya can recall Shandirwa now.

“Shandirwa is limping but what is worrying is that Dynamos are not seeing any problem with his condition but what they just don’t want to pay for are his medical bills to help him regain his fitness. 

“He has been not been fit this season due to this injury, which he suffered on their fixture against Hwange. 

“We are now seeking help from Yadah Stars because people can have their say but his talent is worth more than this gamble,” said his handler. 

He added:

“Shandirwa loves football and he is not the type of player who prefers to be in the stands when the team is playing. 

“He is very passionate to the point that he wouldn’t mind paying doctors to get fit but Dynamos are now in the habit of not paying bonuses.

“It’s something which has worsened his situation and this could get worse if he doesn’t get the medical assistance as soon as possible.”

Shandirwa propelled himself into one of the stars at DeMbare after some impressive performances for the Glamour Boys last season.

However, he is yet to make an impact this season.

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