Chauke challenges footballers

MASVINGO United midfielder and Midlands State University Media and Society Studies student Knowledge “Bodo” Chauke has challenged fellow players to prioritise education while at the same time pursuing football as a profession since most of them languish in poverty after retiring from soccer.

By Nyambira Chivasa

The MSU student says players should stop seeing a football career as an obstacle in furthering their education.

“I have seen and learnt a lot about football and education. I therefore urge footballers not to be lazy but pursue their education. Of course some may find it difficult but it becomes a pity when their careers end as many of them will be languishing in poverty,” said Chauke.

“Not all footballers will play for rewarding clubs both locally and abroad and only a few players take up coaching roles after,” he added.

The 21- year- old midfielder and student journalist enjoys writing sports stories.

“I am a soccer player and I enjoy writing sports stories. I wish to be a successful sports journalist and at the same time a famous footballer,” he said.

Chauke started playing football whilst at Gaza High School in Chipinge.

He was part of the Nash 2011 edition which was held in Kwekwe. Chauke rubbed shoulders with players like Blessing Zabula, Takudzwa Mahori and Vengesai Sinamayi, to mention a few players that have made names in local football.

He went on to play for Division One outfits FC Three Leaves and Tripple B before finding his way to Masvingo United. Bodo once had a stint with the now defunct Setheo United.

The journalism student hinted that he was now ripe to play in the top-flight league.

“A lot of players whom I played with are now plying their trade in the top-flight league. I rubbed shoulders with players like Limited Chikafa and now playing alongside my team mate Godfrey Dondo. Although I am still young, I feel I have what it takes to be in the top flight league” he said.

Chauke also believes that Una Una will be promoted into the top flight league if the club stays focused and works as a team.

“Regardless of financial problems bedeviling the team, the zeal to play in the premier league keeps players going. If we stay focused and work as a team, promotion is a possibility. With the guidance we are getting from our coach, Johannes “Dutch Mentor” Nhumwa nothing is impossible” he added.

Masvingo United is on a good winning spell under the guidance of Nhumwa who took over from Ferdinand Mwachindalo who was shown the exit door after a string of poor results.

Chauke seems to be retracing former Masvingo United player Gabriel Nyoni’s footprints.

Nyoni, now with Highlanders FC is a Marketing student at Nust in Bulawayo.

2 Responses to Chauke challenges footballers

  1. SHAVA July 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    At 21 Chauke you have made a name for yourself. Well i am happy that you are determined to reach to the stars. You are showing commitment which is good.Commitment and interest are two different things altogether.When you are interested you do things only when it is convenient for you to do so but when you are committed you do not accept failure so there will be no excuses only success.Good.
    Coming to footballers who end up paupers it is because of the economy and nothing else.Our economy is a strange one.Even those with degrees they end up migrating to other countries to earn a living.Sports is one of the highly paying occupations all over the world except in Zimbabwe and a few other countries.Football has produced millionaires.Even our own Zimbabwean players plying their trade in South African are well paid and living pretty.
    I wish you the best young man in both your studies and your professional studies.

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