Seasoned Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwean international midfield workhorse Tinashe Nengomasha says despite failure to qualify for 2012 Afcon, youngsters gained a lot of experience.
“I am very disappointed that we failed to qualify for the Afcon 2012, but I am very pleased that the coach introduced a lot of youngsters during our qualifying rounds which I view as an investment in our national teams’ success in future,” he said.
He added: “These youngsters attained a lot of experience and our fans must watch out for a formidable side in the upcoming matches as we now have a rhythm which will make us triumph no matter what the situation.”
Nengomasha signed for Chiefs eight years ago and has been influential since then as a regular feature in the midfield department for Amakhosi.
At the beginning of the season he was supposed to join the prestigious United Arab Emirates league, but his move fell through in the last minute, and many people believed Kaizer Chiefs’ management thwarted and sabotaged his move as they desperately clung to him.
Some few seasons ago Nengomasha’s move to the French league failed because of the management’s keen interest in him as he is their most trusted lieutenant in their midfield department.
Following the retirement of former skipper Benjani, coach Norman Mapeza decided against recalling veterans like Esrom Nyandoro and is unlikely to call up Cyprus-based Noel Kaseke.
Instead, he has put his trust in the Chiefs’ trio of Willard Katsande, Lincoln Zvasiya and Zhaimu Jambo and the Ajax Cape Town pair of Khama Billiat and Tafadzwa Rusike.
Ovidy Karuru, based in France, Quincy Antipas, who plays in Denmark and Vusa Nyoni of Germinal Beerschot in Belgium are also part of the team.
And the coach has not tampered with the experienced quartet of Nengomasha, Thomas Sweswe, Method Mwanjali and goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.