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CLIFF Sekete let his football do the talking yesterday, just days after Herald columnist Bothwell Mahlengwe tore into him, as his goal at Barbourfields helped Dynamos make it two wins in two away Castle Lager Premiership ties.

The diminutive midfielder arrived at the Glamour Boys carrying a lot of great expectations after an impressive spell at Gunners where he was the club’s talisman.

But it’s fair to suggest, as Mahlengwe claimed in his article last Saturday, that Sekete has struggled to justify all the buzz that followed his move.

Mahlengwe’s column last Saturday was severely critical of Zimbabwean footballers with the writer claiming that the majority of them, including household names like Khama Billiat, lack ambition to scale greater heights.

He claimed that most of them bury themselves in the comforts of Super Diski, in South Africa, and believe that they have made it even though their talent, with a little bit of hard work, would have taken them to major leagues in Europe.

Mahlengwe, a former Premiership footballer, used his personal experience saying that when he finally made it into the domestic top-flight league, he stopped working hard, to improve his game, because he was convinced that he had made it.

“My major goal now was to play Premiership football. That same year, we got promoted. And if the truth be told, my football career was as good as over,” Mahlengwe wrote in his column.

“If only I had set other goals, maybe my football career would have gone further. Unfortunately, I quit in 2004. Football-wise, I had arrived.

“My story and my experience dealing with players have shown me that Zimbabwean football players don’t set goals at all.

“If they do they are wishy-washy and lack ambition. Most of them, their destination is South Africa. Instead, it should be a route to bigger things.

“How do our players behave when they get to South Africa? The same way I did when I got to play Premiership football. They would have arrived.

Countless names come to mind but I will focus on the current crop. Check the behaviour of one of our greatest prospects, Khama Billiat.

“You can tell, the young man has lost focus. No more ambition. No bigger goal to work on. He has arrived. I ask, ‘Does Khama’s talent and potential have to finish in South Africa?’ I say no.”

Mahlengwe then turned to the domestic Premiership and pointed his guns at Sekete.

“At Dynamos, look at Cliff Sekete. He was a match winner at Gunners — the playmaker. People were talking of him as the next Warriors’ playmaker,” he wrote.

“With Wellington Kamudyariwo, they won all midfield duels that season. Then he (Sekete) transferred to Dynamos and ‘he arrived.’

“If I was Pasuwa, he would be my number one candidate for the exit door. Sekete is sabotaging himself, Dynamos, his family and the nation.

“He should clean up his act and work his back off to reach his potential.”

Well, it appears Sekete heard him loud and clear.

Yesterday, in his first game since the severe criticism, Sekete came in as a substitute for Dynamos, as they trailed Bantu Rovers at Barbourfields, and helped them turn the game on its head to win 3-1.

The midfielder scored his team’s second goal, during a six-minute blitz in which the champions scored three times, as the Glamour Boys made it two wins in three matches in their search for a fourth straight league title.

Defender Sydney Linyama headed home the equaliser, Sekete scored the second and Devon Chafa, who seems to be getting better and better as he gains match fitness, added the third for DeMbare.

Sekete’s tale cannot be doubted but he has failed to express himself since making the move to Dynamos where the scrutiny is very intense and where, unlike at Gunners where he was the main man, he is only part of a big team of big egos.

But if he can raise his game a notch, which analysts like Mahlengwe expect, then he could make himself a big part of this Glamour Boys team because his natural talent is not for the bit-part player that he has reduced himself into.

Source : The Herald