UNHERALDED Botswana-based striker Remington Masuku is revelling in top form since his recent move to BeMobile Premiership side BDF XI, and now feels he can be the cog to bring in victory for the senior Warriors team.
The 23-year-old player yearns for a national team call-up as he is at the peak of his career, which has spanned 10 years, having started out at various clubs from junior level in Bulawayo and Hwange.
Many will remember Masuku as the astounding forward who led the attack at the now defunct Tsholotsho FC during their dance with the Castle Lager Premiership. He made his maiden move to the Botswana territory in 2016 but it did not materialise but on being given a second chance at BDF XI, Masuku used the opportunity to revive his career at a time when it was on the wane. On his debut at BDF XI, Masuku led the goal scorers’ sheet and helped the team claim a much deserved victory. His move to Botswana in 2006 was to Mochudi Centre Chiefs.
“I have always had a dream of representing my nation and there is a time where I felt I could’ve got a chance at least in the last Cosafa tournament which was held in South Africa. I am at the top of my game and statistics speak volumes of the level of play I am at now. I feel I have a part to play in the Warriors team. This is my time to shine for my country.
“When I started out in Botswana in 2016, it did not go well at Mochudi Centre Chiefs. The following season I left for BR Highlanders, a team based in Mahalapye town. The team had just got into the elite league and I scored eight goals in 12 games. I have gained a lot of confidence and hoping for more goals to prove that I am counted among the best. That is where doors opened and I signed up for BDF XI that season,” he said.
Masuku is yet to land any silverware in Botswana. He spells out his intention to score more to help his team put a trophy in the cabinet.
“I have not won any trophy with any team here in Botswana. I have some individual awards. At BR highlanders where I earned the team’s top goal scorer and the most disciplined player of the season. Now here at BDF XI, only time will tell, as I aim to score goals to propel the team to a cup victory,” he said.
Masuku is of the view that national team coaches have to cast their net wider when selecting players, in particular a check on players in Botswana.
“Coaches in charge of the national team have to come to Botswana and have a look at the amazing talent of players from Zimbabwe. I feel we are being overlooked. Here I am, at the top of my game and always ready for a chance. Yes, my dream is to be part of the Warriors and possibly go to Europe.”
Before his sojourn to Botswana, Masuku had many stints locally at clubs such as Peace Makers Academy, Hwange Juniors, Technosphere, Bantu Rovers and the now defunct Tsholotsho. He also left a mark at SA’s Bidvest Wits Under-17.