BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
WHEN news of defender Partson Jaure’s return to DeMbare broke, it was no surprise at all.
If anything, the big question would be why it took so long for him to make an inevitable return to the club where he cut his football teeth about a decade ago.
After a stint in the South African Premiership with University of Pretoria, Jaure returned to Zimbabwe in August 2016 to join Ngezi Platinum Stars and looked out of place despite solid performances.
Even when he spent last season at Manica Diamond, the 29-year-old centre-back looked like an animal living outside its natural habitat.
It explains why the player, affectionately known as Yellow or Minister of Defence, is delighted after signing a one-year contract with the club with which he won three league titles.
“I am excited to be back at Dynamos,” Jaure beamed.
“This is my team that I played for since I was in high school all the way up to winning league titles, which is why I am happy to be back. I am looking forward to helping the team get back to the top and make our fans happy in each and every match like the old days,” he told The Sports Hub.
Jaure rose from the Dynamos juniors in 2010 to become the captain of a trailblazing side that won four consecutive league titles, but he missed the fourth one after securing a move down south.
But the big influence in the former captain’s return is Dynamos coach Tonderai Ndiraya, who seems to be fond of the player after luring him to Ngezi two and half years ago.
“He is my coach. We worked together so he obviously influenced the club to approach me and ask me to come help the team reclaim its glory and it was an easy decision for me. I am excited to work with him again,” he said.
Three league titles and a couple of cup accolades in his initial four-year stay between 2010 and 2014 may be difficult to emulate, but still Jaure has set his eyes on achieving big things this season.
“I want to achieve big things with the team. In Zimbabwe, we have the Chibuku Super Cup and the league so we are going to work hard to win something this season. We want to do it for our supporters and bring them back to the team in their numbers,” he said.
At 29, Jaure is probably entering the twilight of his football career that has seen him play in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe as well as for the Warriors.
Looking back, the player, who hails from Harare’s Budiriro suburb, is pleased with what he has achieved but remains hungry for more.
“What makes me happier is the fact that I do what I love for a living, a privilege which many people do not have. I am also happy with what I have achieved in my career, but football people never get enough. They want to keep winning as long as they play and it’s the same with me, I want to keep winning things for as long as I play football.
“I recently helped the Warriors qualify for the CHAN finals set for Cameroon in April. I am looking forward to achieving something there or at least go beyond the group stages,” he said.