After a year of languishing on the sidelines at FC Platinum, Brett Amidu is feeling the “love” at Dynamos and looking forward to revive his promising football career at the Harare giants.
BY TERRY MADYAUTA
Amidu (22), starred in the Dynamos squad that finished a disappointing fifth back in 2016 before making a big money move to the current champions with the hope of taking his career to a whole new level.
However, he found himself out in the cold, with little game time under the tutelage of Norman Mapeza as the platinum miners bagged a maiden premier league title.
Now he has a chance to redeem his career where it all started, at Dynamos.
“Like always, Dynamos has treated me like their own son and to tell the truth, I feel loved here. It is so inspiring to realise that the people around you have you at heart,” Amidu told Standardsport in an interview.
“I cannot even ask for more. I had a fair share of fortunes and misfortunes some of which I regret, but being back home has reignited my hopes for a better future.”
Ironically, Amidu returns to the capital city as a league champion yet there is an unmistaken tinge of regret for the move to the Midlands.
And he is at pains to explain why he was frozen out of the squad more often than not.
“My biggest challenge has been lack of game time. up to now I don’t know why I found myself at the opposite side of the preferred team, but I was doing my best as usual.
“But I learnt that football is not always about money, but the environment you play under matters most and then everything else follows.
“For a footballer to be successful, he should be in a good environment and surrounded by the right people, that alone is a big motivation that goes beyond financial benefits,” he said.
This season has been particularly difficult for Amidu for two reasons.
Firstly, because he continued to be permanently out of the FC Platinum starting 11; and, secondly, because the team that he loves the most was struggling.
“I’m really grateful to the coach [Lloyd Mutasa] for bestowing trust in me and giving me the opportunity to play again. I hope I can be able to reward him back by playing well for the team,” he said.
“When I was at FC Platinum, it was painful to see Dynamos struggle, but I had nothing to do for the team. But now that i am back, I will work to the best of my ability and motivate the other players so that we can win games for the pride of the country’s most successful club.”
Amidu admits the title is already out of reach for the Glamour Boys, but believes they could salvage their pride by winning other tournaments.
The returning Dynamos son has vowed to help DeMbare reach their maximum potential as the season approaches the home stretch.
“The title might be out of reach at this stage, but there are other tournaments that might come our way this year so there is hope to salvage some pride,” he said.
Amidu arrives at Dynamos with so much expectation especially ahead of their epic clash against arch-rivals Highlanders.
Together with Kingston Nkhatha, who returned from a long spell in the South African Premiership, a win in favour of Dynamos will give Mutasa some respite.