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Kasinauyo staying put as Ngwerume dreams big

By Colleen Tafireyi

STAR Warriors midfielder Edzai “Ravanelli” Kasinauyo is staying at his South African side Moroka Swallows despite offers for his signature and says he will only consider moving if “greate

r” opportunities come his way.


The former Blackpool and Acardia United midfielder has been courted by a number of leading clubs in South Africa but says he will not rush things.


“A football career is very short, you need to make the best out of it and when moving you have to consider a number of aspects,” said Kasinauyo.


“I am still a Swallows player but if a bigger club avails a fat carrot I will grab it. I would love to play in Europe. Presently I’m happy at the ‘Birds’ but if something really good comes I will take it.”


Kasinauyo (29) once went for trials at MSV Duisburg in the German Bundesliga 2 in early 2003 and impressed. He however could not sign after his former employer Ajax Cape Town asked for an astronomical transfer figure.


The Zimbabwe international, who helped Swallows win their first silverware in 15 years, is reportedly on the wish list of rich Mamelodi Sundowns, who are rebuilding under new ownership.


The much-travelled speedy left midfielder scored a brilliant header on his return to the Warriors against little Swaziland in the Cosafa Cup three weeks ago. He also gave a good account of himself against Rwanda in a World Cup qualifier last week.


Meanwhile, bustling striker Alois Ngwerume looks forward to claiming a regular place at Moroka Swallows.


Ngwerume (21) recently told IndependentSport that his aim for the 2004-05 season was to finish as the top marksman in South Africa and thereafter move abroad.


“I want to follow in the footsteps of Benjani Mwaruwari, who didn’t stay long in the league but made an immediate impact and went overseas,” he said.

Despite being used mainly as a strategic substitute, Ngwerume scored six goals – four of them in the Absa Cup – in his first season at Swallows.


“A good striker doesn’t need the full game to do the job. You need focus and things can happen with half-a-minute to full time. The game is never over until it’s over for a quality hitman,” said Ngwerume.


Apart fom winning the Absa Cup, he also won the January rookie of the month award and he is a hot favourite to land the rookie of the year accolade due to be announced next week. The award is given to the most promising youngest player in the South African league.


Ngwerume crossed the Limpopo River from local social side Highdon Raylton last October following terrific outings for the national Under-20s. He also spent his youth days at Caps United, but failed to get a chance to prove himself.

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