FC Platinum attacking midfielder Allen Gahadzikwa has broken silence over his absence from the team, attributing it to a nagging knee injury.
BY TATENDA KUNAKA
The former Motor Action and DT Africa Academy player has turned into a pale shadow of his former self after making a move to FC Platinum in 2012.
Speaking to Standardsport, Gahadzikwa said the knee injury has troubled him, but that he would be back once it healed.
“When I was playing at Motor Action, I did not have any injury problems which affected my performance. But after that knee injury, everything started going the other way. I started performing below expectations,” Gahadzikwa said.
“Injuries hold a player back because you will not be playing therefore you are bound to struggle with your game.
“But I am happy to be back to full fitness and fans should expect the best out of me.”
The lanky midfielder, together with Beki Ncube, who is now at Highlanders, used to torment defenders in the league during their time at the Mighty Bulls, helping the team win the 2010 championship.
The 2010 former Soccer Star of the Year runner-up was one of the hottest properties in the premiership, with his name appearing on the score sheets week-in week-out.
He attracted interests from local top clubs such as Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United but FC Platinum flexed their financial muscle and lured him to Zvishavane.
Even a team in the South African Premiership also joined the chase with Golden Arrows and Santos leading the race.
Last year he started on a high note banging four goals in four consecutive matches.
Gahadzikwa (26), is now commanding a first team jersey after a slow start to the season, which saw him warming the bench most of the time.
FC Platinum are one of the contenders to lift the coveted league trophy at the end of the season.
“It is too early to talk about the league championship but I believe we are still in the contention despite losing two matches on the trot,” he said.
The skillful midfielder, who was voted the best player in the first edition of Mbada Diamonds Cup in 2011, has not been lucky with national team coaches as most of them have overlooked him even at his peak.