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Gutu ready for Swedish challenge


Former Dynamos midfielder Archford Gutu has declared his readiness to play in Sweden after numerous failed attempts to break into foreign football leagues.

He will join Kalmar FF next month. Speaking on the sidelines of his farewell reception hosted by the Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe Anders Liden yesterday, Gutu said it was now his time to shine.

The midfielder once had an unsuccessful trial stint in Bulgaria after which he had also taken a crack at the Absa South African Premier Soccer League with no joy.

“It was just a matter of time before I could make it to Europe and now it is my time. I know I failed to break into some clubs, but I never lost hope.

I just kept on working very hard. Now I just need to continue working hard and stay focused. I think I will last that side and play for many years there. I just need to give it my all,” said Gutu, who said his ultimate destiny was English Premier League side Chelsea.

Warriors coach Norman Mapeza advised Gutu to keep a cool head. The ceremony, also attended by Gutu’s manager Calvin Nyazema, saw Gutu being presented with Kalmar FF’s replica red and white regalia.

“This is your chance and it comes once in a lifetime. Go and do it for your country and it could open some doors for the other players this side. Most importantly, be disciplined and do not lose your head.

“I have been there before and I played in the Champions League and know everything about that side (Europe), so you have to have discipline,” said Mapeza.

He leaves Dynamos with a historic four medals — the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League title, Mbada Diamonds Cup, NetOne Charity Shield and the Bob 87 Super Cup.

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