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Nyandoro looks at the future


Warriors and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Esrom Nyandoro says he is still going strong with five or six more years to play and is still available for call-up to the national team.

NewsDay Sport caught up with Nyandoro who said he could not say when his career would fold saying that was a decision to be made by God.

“That is a decision that can be made only by God. I am still there. I still feel strong. I am just about to turn 31 but look at Ryan Giggs, he is about 35 or 36 but he is still playing. I am far from thinking about quitting,” Nyandoro said.

“Yellowman”, as the midfielder is popularly known, said he was not thinking of playing overseas and he was going to end his career at the Brazilians.

“To be honest, at this age I cannot be thinking of playing overseas and I have a contract which runs until 2013 with Sundowns. I am stuck with Sundowns and I am not going anywhere,” Nyandoro said.

Nyandoro said after the curtain comes down on his career, he would be happy to come back to Zimbabwe and embark on junior development.

He however said at the moment he was still available for the Warriors and was disappointed when he was dropped from the squad that played and drew 1-1 with Liberia in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Monrovia in September.

The squad was under the tutelage of resigned coach and former Warriors’ captain Norman Mapeza and Nyandoro was dropped together with Kaizer Chiefs’ Tinashe Nengomasha and Zhaimu Jambo, Orlando Pirates’ Zvenyika Makonese and Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro.

Nyandoro said he however respected the decision of the coach.

“I was disappointed when I was not called up for the game but at the end of the day you have to respect the decision of the coach. I still believe in the team (the Warriors). Esrom will always be available for the national team and I will always be the number one fan of the team,” Nyandoro said.

Born in 1980, Nyandoro first flirted with the Warriors way back in October 2001 when he took part in a dead rubber 2002 World Cup qualifier away in Burkina Faso.
Since then he has been a regular in the Warriors’ line up.

He grew up in the City of Kings and Queens where he did his secondary education at Mzilikazi High School. Yellowman was identified by soccer scouts while playing for Zimbabwe Saints Juniors in the Peter Ndlovu Under-19 Tournament.

Nyandoro then joined AmaZulu and became a member of the championship winning squad in 2003 before putting pen to paper with the Brazilians in 2004 after participating in just one training session on trial.

He was named Jet Rookie of the Year for the 2004/2005 season and Footballer of the Year at the club for the 2005/2006 season after helping them clinch the PSL title.

He had a trials’ stint with Sheffield United, where former Warriors captain Peter Ndlovu played in 2006 but did not make the grade.

Nyandoro was a member of the Warriors 2004 African Nations Cup team who failed to secure a qualification to the quarter-finals and he scored a gem of a goal, which was voted the goal of the tournament.

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