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Matawu retraces his footsteps

LATE musician James Chimombe’s song Siya Waoneka aptly sums up Clement Matawu’s football life.


Matawu, once the darling at Motor Action Sports Club, perhaps failed to heed Chimombe’s advice not to burn bridges when he left the club for Poland against the wishes of his former bosses.

The 2006 Soccer Star of the Year is alleged to have doggedly joined Darryn-T to pave his way into Europe in 2008.

Then, Motor Action — his home since 2001 — fumed, but their protests fell on deaf ears and off he went to Poland where he signed for Podbeskidzie Bielsko Biala.

However, his fortunes have since taken a nose dive and he is back at the club where it all began after spending two seasons at Podbeskidzie before joining Polonia Byton in 2010.

“Everything looked fine until I developed a stress fracture at Polonia Byton. During the time that I was injured, the club was fighting relegation so they did not pay me my dues until the expiration of my contract in April 2011. I had to survive on my savings. I am still battling to recover what the club owes me,” says Matawu.

Today, Matawu is back trying his luck at Motor Action after rigorous attempts to join a foreign team hit a snag.

“My chances of playing in Europe again are now next to zero because I am now 31-years-old. After the expiration of my contract, I tried to join Danish clubs SønderjyskE and FC Fredericia and South Africa’s Chippa United, but to no avail,” said Matawu.

Motor Action remains home to him.

“Mr [Eric] Rosen could have been hurt by the way I left the club in 2008, but such is life. I am sorry about that, but this club is home to me. When I left, Prince Matore, coach David George and Joey Antipas were here and they are still around,” said the self-confessed Highlanders supporter.

“The environment is still the same. I could have joined any other team, but it is at Motor Action where my heart lies and I am better understood [there]. I am still to sign a contract with the club, but will definitely be playing for the club this season.”

Matawu, who uses public transport every day from Shamva to Harare for training says he wishes to win something with Motor Action after failed attempts during his previous stay at the club.

“I was at the club for seven years and only won individual awards. It is my hope that I win the championship this time around,” said Matawu, who is a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Church.

The nimble footed midfielder has closed the door on his international career that saw him being capped 29 times.

“My best years are now behind me. I agree with what [Dieter]Pagels is doing.”

Motor Action head coach Antipas’ words sum up the mood in the camp as they welcome back their former idol: “We welcome him back and [we are] definitely going to sign him. He is in good shape and is an inspiration to the team.”

We must admit Failure — Matawu

Matawu feels some of the old players who still fancy Warriors call-up must admit failure.

“It is time we admit that we have failed and give others a chance. The team that qualified in 2006 was made up of ageing players,” said Matawu, whose younger brother Louis is also back at Motor Action from FC Platinum.

Matawu fired a salvo at Wieslaw Grabowski whom he blamed for his predicament that saw him coming back home.

“If Grabowski had played his cards right, I could still be playing in Europe [right] now. He ignored me during the time that I was injured, such is life,” said Matawu who has shaved off the locks he kept while in Europe.

“I am happy with what I have achieved. I enjoyed my life in Europe and there is nothing that people can tell me. I was lucky in the sense that I never encountered racism.”

Football galore in social leagues

THE Zindoga Memorial Trophy tournament enters its third phase this afternoon with teams fighting to proceed to the next stage, the semis, penciled for next weekend.

Another new team, Super Roumba Football Club joined the league this week and has been drawn against City Social in their debut match at Dunluce Sports Club.

It’s game on in the Ruwa Boozers Leagues as eight matches have been lined up at Chiremba Grounds. Matches will start at 8:30am.

Zindoga Memorial Cup Fixtures:
Medtech vs Ravtam
@ 3pm Belgravia Sports Club
UZ Staff vs Niggaz
@ 11am Belgravia Sports Club
Zindoga vs United
@ 3pm Alex Sports Club
Lytton Wolves vs Ajax Harare
@ 1pm Belgravia Sports Club
Super Ruomba vs City Social
@ 1pm Dunluce Sports Ground
Harare Parts

Ruwa Boozers League Fixtures:
8:30am R.B.C vs Pentagon
@ Chiremba Ground
9:30am Prime vs Villa
@ Chiremba Ground
10:30am Eskapades vs Kedebe
@ Chiremba Ground
11:30am Ruwa Stars vs Media
@ Chiremba Ground
12:30pm Ruwa Gunners vs Ruwa Pirates @ Chiremba Ground
13:30pm Mavambo vs 701 United @ Chiremba Ground
14:30pm Mutimkulu vs Flyboat
@ Chiremba Ground
15:30pm Flamingo vs Spring Rovers
@ Chiremba Ground

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