Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
WARRIORS’ striker Moses Demera believes his time has come after he was included in the final travelling party for the African Nations Championship in Rwanda.
Demera won the Premiership league title with Gunners in 2009 and went on to play in the Champions League where they rubbed shoulders against giants such as Al Ahly of Egypt.
But as the star-studded squad which had the likes of Hardlife Zvirekwi, Cliff Sekete, Ishmael Lawe and Leonard Fiyado disintegrated at the start of 2012 season, with players moving to join clubs such as CAPS United and Dynamos, Demera remained with the team which was eventually relegated at the end of that season.
Though a few Premiership clubs showed interest in him, the forward remained faithful to the club which returned to ZIFA Northern Region Division One where he played for two years with Chando Kupisa while his former team mates made an impression in the top-flight.
Demera makes his debut appearance at CHAN while his former teammate, Zvirekwi, is going back for his second dance at the tournament reserved for players plying their trade in the local leagues.
Zvirekwi is the skipper of the team.
The football gods have finally smiled on the 26-year-old player and his career is on the rise as he has also signed for champions Chicken Inn.
Upon his return from Rwanda he should be back in the African safari with the Gamecocks just a week later.
Demera has remained in the shadows for the better part of his career and last season he was turning out for Premiership newboys, Flame Lily, who were unfortunately relegated just after a one-year stint in the Premiership.
“I am happy that I have been selected and I am looking forward to the tournament. It is every player’s wish to play for the national team and I am happy that this is happening.
“Last year, I played at the Cosafa tournament and now I am going to Rwanda.
“I started playing in Division Two for AGS in 2007 and the following year I went to Davichem. I then joined Gunners in 2009 and won the league championship with the club.
“I played in the Champions League the following year but when the team was relegated in 2012, I went with the club back to Division One.
“The setback is that after the team was relegated, I went club hunting in South Africa and went for trials at Vasco Da Gama.
“By the time I returned home it was too late to look for a club in the league and had to play for the team in Division One in 2013.
“In 2014, I continued playing for the team and I was part of the team that went China, where I attended some trials and made the grade but I don’t know what happened as up to now I haven’t heard from the club.
“Last year I then moved to Flame Lily who had just been promoted and only for the team to be relegated at the end of the season and fortunately for me I found a new home at Chicken Inn.
“I am glad about all these developments in my career and I believe my time has come. The onus is now on me to play well and score goals both for my new club and the country.
“I have been working hard and I think the coach has seen how hard I can work. I would like to thank God for the opportunity,” said Demera.
The striker believes he is good at dribbling, reads the game well and is a sharp shooter and has good technique.
Last year, he scored seven goals with the Flame Lily and the previous year, in Division One, he banged 20 goals for Chando Kupisa and finished as the league’s second best goalscorer behind Golden Boot award winner Kasimero Chimbadzwa.