Black Leopards attacking midfielder Brian Abbas Amidu is happy to have finally made the cut into the Warriors first 11 after being a fringe player for the past two years.
BY TATENDA KUNAKA
Amidu was in the squad when Zimbabwe gallantly lost 2-1 to Egypt in a World Cup qualifier in Alexandria, under the guidance of interim coach Klaus Dieter Pagels.
Previously, Amidu (22), would be called for the national team duty by different national team coaches only to be overlooked at the last minute.
“I am very happy to start for the Warriors, I have been working very hard to earn first team recognition.
“I realised that patience pays. Most the times when I was called for national team assignments I was always confined to the bench, but let me hasten to say that motivated me in a huge way,” said Amidu.
The player is in terrific form for the Lidoda Duvha as Black Leopards is affectionately known in South Africa.
Amidu said he will continue to work hard to keep his place in the national team.
Warriors gaffer Pagels refused to comment on players’ performances in public.
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Black Mambas midfielder believes the new look Warriors team is capable of qualifying for the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.
“The national team needs new blood to achieve that and it is what is in the team now. There is a lot of competition now and I forsee us qualifying for Afcon 2015. All we need is support from everyone”, said Amidu.
He said about Pagels: “People should be patient with him and witness for themselves what he is capable to do for the country, as he is well versed with our football.
He knows our strengths and weakness. He is like a father to us and he brings the best out of everyone in the team”, said Amidu.
Amidu is in his first season at Leopards after joining the club last year from Chiefs where he was deemed a surplus requirement.
He has played 17 matches, created many goal scoring chances and has scored four goals for Leopards to date.
Although Leopards is third from bottom and fighting relegation, he is one of the top performers for the team.