FOURTEEN clean sheets and one of the best defences are some of the reasons former Dynamos goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva and his team conquered in the United States, says the goalie.
Mkuruva plays for Michigan Stars and his team won their first National Independent Soccer Association league title on Sunday to cap an impressive 2022 season.
“What we have mastered is that defence starts from the striker. So, if you are building a defence, and everybody has to get behind the ball, it has to be the striker first getting behind the ball and the other guys building in from the back.
“Also, communication starts from me as the goalkeeper, to the backline and the midfielders and to the strikers. So, it’s all about teamwork, just putting everybody together in the right places at the right time. I think that helped us a lot,” Mkuruva told the media after Sunday’s victory.
The team beat Albion San Diego 1-0 in the final of the championship play-offs.
The former Dynamos goalie played 22 games, from the 26 matches played by his club this season, and had an impressive 14 clean sheets.
It’s the first silverware that he has won since moving to the United States about eight years ago.