MATSAPHA United coach, Saul Chaminuka has been charmed by fellow countryman, Zivai Verengaa��s show onA� Thursday nighta��s debut which ended 1-1 against Manzini Sundowns at Mavuso Sports Centre.
Verenga might not have scored but the Zimbabwe-born coach believes the player added urgency, an impetus that saw him close to netting a goal several times as Matsapha United looked more offensive on the night.
a�?Zivai (Verenga) gave us direction upfront and always showed signs that he could score anytime, he was actually unlucky not to score, and when Collen (Zimba) came on, we moved up more and increased options each time we had the ball,a�? said Chaminuka.
On the night, Matsapha United had surged into the lead thanks to the goal on his debut for Banele Ndzabandzaba in the 19th minute, a lead which lasted 11 minutes before Sandumuzi Zwane stole away the point with the equaliser.
Chaminuka believes Verenga could open his Matsapha United scoring account on Sunday when they meet Tambuti FC at Mavuso Sports Centre at 3pm.
Elsewhere, there was no show for former ZPC Munyatia��s duo of Kudakwashe Sanyika and Carlton Vheremu as Mbabane Citizens edged closer to their elevation to a maiden MTN Premier League of Swaziland appearance with a 3-1 win over Amalanda.
The duo were expected to get their debut with the match played at King Sobhuza II Memorial Stadium in Nhlangano but wea��re synonymous with their absence prompting enquiry which, however, drew a shocker from the Ikarbort Masocha coached outfit which had announced the duoa��s arrival.
a�?The two left the club for Zimbabwe unhappy over monetary issues and they wona��t be returning. The reasons are almost similar to the reasons that pushed out coach Herbert (Maruwa) and that other player (Tawana Chikore).
Kabafuni kubhadala laba baphatsi betfu (our bosses dona��t want to pay),a�? said an insider who cannot be named for professional reasons.
Masocha could not be reached for comment while the playersa�� Swazi numbers were not available.
Meanwhile, former Hardbody FC winger, Ashley Ngirandia��s second crack into Swazi has turned futile, thanks to the exhausted foreign quota at Matsapha United where he spent a month on trials.
Ngirandi arrived back in Gweru this week after the stint.
Two years ago, Ngirandi had his first attempt at Manzini Sundowns which only yielded promises that came to naught.-@NoelMunzabwa