FORMER Warriors defender Patson Jaure was unveiled at Premier Soccer League debutants Manica Diamonds amid pomp and fanfare a fortnight ago.
BY SUKUOLUHLE NDLOVU
When Jaure unceremoniously left Zambian side Buildcon FC during the mid-season window last year many local clubs were jostling for his signature, but he took his time to make a decision.
In the end the former Dynamos and Ngezi Platinum Stars defender settled for new comers Manica Diamonds, who have shown ambition and financial muscle after capturing a number of highly-rated players ahead of their debut season in the premiership.
And for the first time Jaure opened up on the reasons why he chose the Gem Boys over other clubs, apart from the financial rewards, of course.
“Most of the teams in the country wanted to sign me up after I left Buildcon, but l decided to wait since the season was already coming to an end. However, Manica Diamonds coach Luke Masomere was always in touch with me as he wanted me to be part of the team ever since l came back from Zambia. So l decided to go for trials and l was chosen to be part of the team,” Jaure said.
“One of the reasons why l decided on Manica Diamonds is because my family is in Mutare and now it’s going to be easy for me and my wife,” he said.
A three-time champion with Dynamos, Jaure is already looking forward to a rewarding stay at Manica Diamonds.
“I can’t wait for the season to start so that we can push for something great as a team. I want to give my best for the club as l continue to chase my dreams in this world of football. I am here to shine and show all my skills and be among the best in the team,” Jaure said.
Jaure’s football journey started when he was a small boy in Mufakose and Budiriro before joining the Dynamos Juniors. He reflects on his career after he finished his ‘O’ levels at Churchill.
“Just after l finished my ‘O’ Level at Churchill Boys High, Dynamos loaned me to a division one team called AMC. In 2011 l made my first appearance in the Dynamos team, but they loaned me to another D1 side Laliga.
He credits former Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa for giving him his first big break in domestic football.
“During the time l was playing for Laliga FC, l managed to grab the attention of the then Dynamos head coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who made me a permanent member of the team the following year and I have never looked back since,” the 28-year-old defender said.
Jaure, popularly known as Yellow, took time to look back on the accolades he has won in his career.
“It is trophies that make a footballer’s career and I am happy I have won a few. I remember winning to three league titles in a row with Dynamos and also winning the Chibuku Cup with Ngezi in recent years. I was a Soccer Star of the Year finalist and I am happy with what I have achieved so far. I am looking to achieve more with Manica Diamond,s” said Jaure.
Jaure also had a stint at South African club Pretoria University before returning home to join Ngezi.