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Nicole: father’s fairytale dream

Fed up with what he described as the “chaotic manner” in which football was being run by the Wellington Nyatanga-led executive, Dzenga decided to turn his back on football and also disposed of his football franchise Harare United.
He stated that he would give his time to his then 10-year-old daughter Nicole.
“The Harare United (the club he used to own) franchise is being sold. I am moving out of football now and I will now be focusing on training my daughter (Nicole) in tennis and assisting in the development of tennis.
“Every institution has its principles and ways and I guess it was just a question of different approaches and principles. I felt I needed to move out of the game,” Dzenga was quoted as saying that time.
Dzenga, who played tennis as a student in the United States, lived up to his word and took to full-time coaching Nicole and today results are beginning to show.
According to the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT) rankings released early this week, Nicole is now the number one  Under-14 player in Africa after accruing 473,75 points.
She helped Zimbabwe to second position at the ITF/CAT Southern Africa Junior Championships for players aged 14 and under and 16 and under held in Harare in January.
In the individual category, Nicole took gold in the 14 and under girls after beating South Africa’s Luise-Marie Botes 4-6; 6-2 and 6-0 in the final.
As if taking a cue from Richard Williams who coached his now famous girls Serena and Venus in their youthful days, Dzenga who took to full-time coaching his daughter said their target is the 2014 Junior Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing, China.
In an interview with Standardsport from his South Africa base, Dzenga was upbeat about his daughter’s exploits.
“Being her coach, I am happy with her performance, but it is a bit too early to say her future will be bright. I hope that she continues to do well, as our target is the 2014 Junior Olympic Games.  For her to qualify for these Junior Olympic Games, she has to continue accruing points and that means we have to expose her to more tournaments,” Dzenga said.
Dzenga said his daughter, who is now 14 and in grade eight (an equivalent of Zimbabwe’s form one) in South Africa, will achieve her dream if she keeps focused.

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