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Malajila enjoying life in Tunisia


Former Dynamos striker Cuthbert Malajila says he is enjoying his career at new club, Tunisian outfit Club Africain.

Malajila, who was on loan to the Harare giants from Chapungu became the first Zimbabwean to join a Tunisian club when he signed a three-year contract in August.

Speaking to NewsDay after his team’s 0 – 0 draw away to CS Hamman-lif on Saturday, the 2009/2010 season soccer star of the year runner up said he is enjoying his football in the north African state.

“The fans are awesome but they don’t want to lose games, if you lose it becomes something else,” said Malajila whose team is positioned fifth on the Tunisian Ligue 1 log.

“If you want your fans to be happy its good football and win matches, that’s the only way you can impress them.”

Club Africain has played six games so far, winning two, drawing two and losing two matches.

Malajila, who has played three consecutive games for his new club since his debut in a 2 – 1 win over ES Hamman Sousse on September 18 has not found the back of the net yet.

“It’s very difficult, I am still adjusting to the team play but I am settling well and goals will start to flow soon,” assured Malajila.

Malajila, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Sunday, said his teammates and fans have been supportive.

“I’m not that talkative but I got many friends on the first day at the club. There are three other foreign players from Cameroon, Brazil and they can speak English so they are all my friends and my closest friend is Opoku Atwi from Ghana.”

Despite playing in one of the most competitive leagues in the African continent, Malajila who had become a regular in the national team under Sunday Chidzambwa has been since overlooked by the new technical team.

“Every player wants to play for his country; I have to work hard to come back to the national team. I love my country and with more hard work I am confident I will get a call soon,” said Malajila.

Malajila became the third player from Zimbabwe to play in the faster and more technically astound North African leagues after Quincy Antipas played in Morocco and another former Dynamos son Edward Sadomba who plies his trade in Sudan.

Both Antipas, who is now playing in Denmark and Sadomba were included in the Zimbabwean team that went Monrovia and have also made it into the team that face Cape Verde at Rufaro in an Africa Cup pf Nations qualifier on Sunday.

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