Warriors and Monomotapa pint-sized midfielder Ronald “Rooney” Chitiyo has expressed his desire to leave Monomotapa upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.
By Jairos Saunyama
The 21-year old midfielder, who last year failed to clinch a deal with South African premier league side Ajax Cape Town before returning to Monomotapa, has made up his mind that he will not be part of Chinomakwa Nani, as Monoz are known by supporters. Last year Monoz shocked a number of the so-called big clubs in the league and cup matches, and it was the only team that managed to beat Highlanders last season.
In an interview with Standardsport, Chitiyo expressed his desire to leave the club.
“I am going to leave the club at the end of the season because my contract will have expired by then. I hope to return to South Africa for trials when the season is over. I was supposed to join Ajax Cape Town early this year, but the team changed its ownership and all went astray,” Chitiyo said.
The pint-sized dribbling wizard said Monoz failed to perform better this season due to a shortage of experienced players as well as financial problems.
However, the midfielder who scored the fastest goal during last year’s Mbada Diamonds Cup refused to elaborate on the issue of financial problems affecting the team’s performance.
“It is so sad that we are one of the teams occupying the bottom of the log. This is because we lost many players to other clubs at the beginning of the season.
“We lost Russell Madamo-mbe, Tawanda Nyamandwe, Tendai Ngulube and many more and this affected us a lot,” he said.
However, he refused to shed more light on financial problems facing the club.
Since he ventured into the local premier league, Chitiyo has been in a class of his own with his dribbling skills which has won him many admirers across the region. The star have been a toast in the local league, resulting in him getting national team call-ups for friendly matches, as well as other regional tournaments.
But his team’s poor performance has left the once vibrant boys heading for relegation.