ON one Saturday afternoon in March last year, ailing Harare giants Dynamos played a friendly match against Northern Region Soccer League side Trojan Stars in Bindura ahead of the start of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.
BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
The match ended in a 3-3 draw and one speedy striker from the second-tier club terrorised the DeMbare defence all afternoon.
Twenty-four hours later, Dynamos invited the player to attend their next training session and signed him a few days later.
Currently, Quality Kangadze (pictured) is the Glamour Boys’ top scorer and ninth on the league’s scoring charts with four goals despite the team going through a rough patch.
Since his move last year, Kangadze has failed to establish himself as a top striker and has recently come under heavy criticism from a section of the club’s fans who believe he is not “Dynamos quality”.
Having set himself a target of 18 goals at the start of the season, Kangadze, at four in 15 matches, is also not happy with the quality he has exuded in the blue and white stripe so far.
“I am not happy because the goals I have scored so far are not what I had hoped by this stage of the season. I had set myself a target of at least nine goals because I am targeting 18 goals this season, but things are not exactly going according to plan,” the 27-year-old marksman told Standardsport.
“I will continue to push and score as many as I can this season. I will try my best to reach that target I set at the beginning, but if I fail I should score at least 14,” he added.
While he lived in the shadow of bustling Cameroonian forward Joel Epoupa last season, Kangadze has received generous game time upfront this season.
For a player who has played for Mwana Africa, Bindura United, Gunners and Trojan Mine in the past, Kangadze sometimes seems overwhelmed by the big stage or by donning the Dynamos colours.https://www.thestandard.co.zw/wp-admin/media-upload.php?post_id=210006720952251&type=image&TB_iframe=1
It’s a claim he quickly rubbishes.
“I am not overwhelmed by playing for Dynamos. I don’t believe that a player should have fear for any stage in a football career because these are the things we aspire for from the beginning. As a result, you always want to prove that you are capable of doing the job that you are paid to do.
“Mistakes are there in football. Some people say to me you are not scoring so you are you are not Dynamos material, but for me as an individual I know that eventually I will prove my mettle at Dynamos,” he said.
Kangadze’s football career began in his town of birth Bindura at Chipadze High School before he joined Mwana Africa a little over a decade ago.
He has since had stints with Trojan Mine, Bindura United and Yadah Gunners.
Kangadze has a chance to prove his worth as Dynamos play Mutare City at Vengere Stadium this afternoon.
On challenges bedevilling the club, Kangadze reckons the quality Dynamos have will soon begin to show in the field of play.
Dynamos are still smarting from a 3-0 drubbing by Triangle at Gibbo last weekend and in an eventful week chairman where Keni Mubaiwa also tendered his resignation as problems at the club escalated.
The striker had his say on the challenges bedevilling the club: “We have the quality as Dynamos. We have some of the best talent in the league so far and we are not afraid, but we are working hard to improve. The quality we have will begin to bring results.”
The Glamour Boys will miss captain Ocean Mushure through suspension while Obey Mwerahari has been ruled out due to injury.