Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
THOMAS Sweswe believes he is not finished yet and still has the energy and pace even to fight for the national soccer team jersey as he looks to help ZPC Kariba fight for honours this season.
At 34, and still looking fit, Sweswe indicated he is not thinking of throwing in the towel yet as he probably aims to make up for the disruptions that were caused by the Asiagate scandal.
Sweswe returned to the domestic Premiership mid-season last year, six years after he had left Harare giants Dynamos for Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa.
On Sunday he was in fine form when he helped ZPC Kariba dump his former club Dynamos from the pre-season ZNA Charities Shield with a 1-0 quarter-final win at Rufaro.
“As you can see I still have the energy to play. I will keep on working on my game and pushing the boys to perform and hope to be called to the national team and also to play again outside the borders.
“In football (you must) never say never. As long as you work hard in that field, the results will speak on their own on in that field. It’s up to the (national team) coach.
“Maybe if I keep on working hard I will be called up again but we will see how it goes,” said Sweswe.
ZPC Kariba progressed to the semi-finals of the ZNA Charities Shield, courtesy of a solitary strike by midfielder Wisdom Mutasa who scored directly from a corner kick.
This was their second game since they started their pre-season training last month.
They had only played Division One side Karoi United and won 2-1 a few weeks back. The Kariba side are looking to fight for the championship this year after finishing 10th last season.
After losing some of the key players like Denis Dauda and Raphael Manuvire, their coach Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa is assembling a new-look side after taking on board about a dozen new signings.
Chidzambwa fielded some of his newboys like the goalscorer Mutasa, Timire Mamvura, Munyaradzi Kunyarimwe, Talent Chawapihwa, Godknows Mangani, Osborne Mukuradare and Never Tigere, who came in as second-half substitute.
“As you can see ZPC Kariba is totally a new team and it’s good to see that the team is starting to gel. I think the fact that we stay in one area and that we are always together every day has helped us a lot when it comes to bonding.
“The coach is doing his best to make sure that we are ready for the new season and I believe the combinations are coming up alright.
“If you can see in our defence, it’s only the centre-backs myself and (Sylvester) Appiah who are from the previous season and all the wing-backs are new guys. So we always try to help each other on and off the field.
“We don’t want to concede more goals as it was our point of weakness last season. It’s coming up all right and I’m quite happy.
“If we keep on working hard like this, very few teams will manage to break us. We still have one month before the start of the season and I think there is still room for improvement.
“Our target obviously is to stay in the Premiership first. Then the team has to gel and then we see how it goes. Who knows? Maybe we can win the championship like what we wanted to do in the first season.
“I wasn’t there at the time but I believe it can happen and the good thing is that the league is no longer dominated by (the) Northern Region because there are now only three teams this side.
“So I think the playing field is now level for all the teams because the league is scattered all over the country. Everyone has to travel a reasonable number of games for away matches,” said Sweswe.