Platinum Stars and Warriors recent call up Terrence “Terror” Mandaza has said he is ready to fight for a starting place in the star-studded Warriors strike force.
The 25-year-old striker was handed his first call up to the national team by acting Warriors coach Madinda Ndlovu.
Terror is expected to lead the line of attack when the Warriors face Mozambique in Maputo on Wednesday.
However, he will compete for the starting place with Kaizer Chiefs man-of-the moment Knowledge Musona, Sundowns’ Nyasha Mushekwi and forgotten FC Lupopo (DRC) striker Philip Marufu.
Speaking to NewsDay from his South African base on Monday, Mandaza said he is training hard because he does not want to disappoint the Warriors technical team which has put faith in him.
“Competition is good for the team, and to have players like that in the team is healthy,” said Terror. I am a fighter and I will fight for my place in the team, I don’t want to disappoint those who have put faith in me. I am working very hard and if given the chance I’m ready to grab it with both hands.”
The striker created a big reputation that caught the attention of the Warriors technical team after he banged in an astonishing 42 goals in 33 matches as he helped Township Rollers to the Botswana Premier League title last season.
To cap his fine season for the Botswana team, he was named the Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the season, won Golden Boot award and the Coca-Cola Cup.
After much speculation in the South African media, with reports linking him to such big teams like Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, Mandaza signed for Stars in July.
The big striker has scored once for the North West side, a goal he scored in his debut against AmaZulu in September.
“The SA league is very nice and competition is high compared to the Botswana league. I will try my best to last in the league and not disappoint. I will have to remain calm, patient and continue to do my best but I am confident more goals will come soon,” said Mandaza.
Many soccer pundits have predicted the big striker will fill in the big shoes left by retired national team captain Benjani Mwaruwari and improve on his goal scoring statistics.
“Those are big shoes, Benjani is Benjani and Mandaza is Mandaza. We are different type of players but nothing is impossible if I work hard,” said the former Dynamos and Kiglon player.
Mandaza said his dream is to play for a European team one day.