Zimbabwean football international and former Warriors attacking midfielder Obadiah Tarumbwa says he is leaving Cypriot First Division side Enosis Neon Paralimni for a new side in same league when the season starts, but his main target remains the German Bundesliga.
Tarumbwa, who joined Paralimni in 2009 from local side Bantu Rovers after a stint with Belgium’s Cercle Brugge, on Tuesday told NewsDay Sport that he was not at liberty to disclose the new club because there were still loose ends to be tied.
“I am moving from Paralimni to a new club in the same league in the new season. I would say it’s a better club because Paralimni is not a very big club in Cyprus. At the moment I am not comfortable divulging the new club because there are still some things that have to be finalised, but I am definitely moving,” Tarumbwa said.
Tarumbwa (25) is on a season break and arrived in the country on Saturday from Cyprus.
A dribbling wizard during his time in the country when he turned out for Highlanders, Tarumbwa said he was happy playing in Cyprus but aspired to end his football career in the German Bundesliga.
“I am enjoying myself in Cyprus but had a few problems with the coach at Paralimni. I enjoyed good relations with Brazilian Alex Dalsive, an attacking midfielder like myself. Another problem is I was playing for a small club, but then my ambition for the near future is to end my career in Germany,” Tarumbwa said.
He said he enjoyed the less physical game in Cyprus as compared to the Belgian style of play which he said was more physical.
“Belgium is more physical and Cyprus is more playing,” he said.
Tarumbwa, who scored three goals for Paralimni in the just-ended season, said he still desired a call-up to the Warriors and wished the national team all the best in their Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
“I wish the Warriors all the best and I wish I was part of that team. They do us proud when we are in Cyprus especially after the Mali win,” Tarumbwa said.
On a parting note, Tarumbwa said after watching Highlanders lose to Hwange on Sunday, his former club needed strikers.
“It is the only match that I have watched and I think the coach really needs strikers,” Tarumbwa said.
Tarumbwa played for Highlanders from 2000 to 2008 when he joined Belgian First Division side Cercle Brugge for six months. Former teammate at Bosso Honour Gombami reportedly tipped off the Cercle board about the ability of Tarumbwa where he also played alongside Warriors midfielder Vusa Nyoni.
Nyoni is now at another Belgian side KFC Germinal Beerschot. Tarumbwa came back to the country in 2009 and joined Bantu Rovers before his move to Cyprus.
The other Zimbabwean top player in the Cypriot league is Warriors right-back Noel Kaseke, who has been struggling with injury in the last two months.
He missed the Warriors’ 2-1 win over Mali on June 5 where Gilbert Mapemba shone in the rightback position.