Play for your late father, Tutani urges Tino Tino Kadewere

Bruce Chikuni Sports Reporter

TRIANGLE United boss, Arthur “Tuts” Tutani, has challenged French Ligue 1 striker Tino Kadewere to concentrate on taking the Warriors to the 2026 Fifa World Cup and ignore social media trolls, who want him out of the team.

The inclusion of Kadewere in the Warriors squad, that will do business in South Africa against Lesotho in Johannesburg on June 7 and Bafana Bafana in Bloemfontein four days later, did not amuse his critics who feel his form at club level is not good enough for national team involvement.

And when he posted, “The last dance,” on his social media platforms, the impression was that the striker was about to quit the Warriors amid the trolling.

Tutani said Kadewere knows his late father, Onias, would not have accepted any national team retirement plan at this stage of his career.

Onias was a guru in championing the growth of junior leagues in the capital, particularly in Highfield where he owned Highfield Academy.

Tino is a graduate of his father’s academy, which collapsed just a few years later after his death.

Tutani and Onias were close friends.

The veteran Division One coach, Tutani, also coached Kadewere’s late brother, Prince.

“If Tino has decided to end his road as a Warrior, his father will be disappointed wherever he is today,” said Tutani.

“His father walked a tough road for Highfield Academy to be a dominant force before he died. Had it not been that project, maybe Tino wouldn’t have made it in Europe. But considering everything his father went through, this is not the way to express gratitude.

“Tino knows his father would not have accepted this (retirement) from him, and I will also feel let down because everyone from Highfield looks up to him, which he knows.

“He has done a lot for him to be where he is today, and those who know football know strikers can experience a lengthy drought.

“Tino is gifted with many technical aspects of the game, and that’s why he is the first Zimbabwe to play in the Spanish La Liga.

“He just needs to process the pain and let it go. He is too young to consider retiring, he still has more than seven years to play for the Warriors,” he added.

Former Dynamos and CAPS United forward, Clive Kawinga, told Zimpapers Sports that Kadewere should take a leaf from South Africa’s Lyle Foster, who also battled the odds during a similar situation.

Kawinga is also a former Warriors striker.

Foster was trolled by a sizeable section of South Africans after he was reported to have turned down the call-up to represent Bafana Bafana during the recent AFCON finals, allegedly opting to focus on the then Premier League outfit, Burnley.

Some viewed him as a traitor and others had ruled out any chances of him being called up again.

But, Foster has found his way back and he was drafted into the squad that  will face Nigeria and Zimbabwe in the coming international break.

“Kadewere knows he is the best player to emerge from Highfield and best players don’t quit, they soldier on during rough times.

“He doesn’t need anyone to motivate him to keep going because someone of his age, Foster, managed to ignore the noise and he should follow suit.

“I will be extremely disappointed if he chooses to retire at 28 and the feeling will be unbearable to everyone who believes in his capacity,” said Kawinga.

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