The arrival of attacking midfielder Terrence Dzvukamanja along with a few others at Orlando Pirates this season has almost immediately rejuvenated a side that was slowly being written off.
Dzvukamanja has quickly won the hearts of the Pirates supporters as he made an immediate impact, scoring on debut against Cape Town City in the MTN8 quarterfinal at Orlando Stadium last month.
The fight to be in Pirates’ starting XI is a jungle, it’s survival of the fittest with the Buccaneers squad teeming with immense talent in every position. But the Zimbabwean says he is determined to knuckle down and make the grade even though he is still finding his feet at his new club in Soweto.
The main objective for Dzvukamanja is to take Pirates to the holy grail of a DStv Premiership title and end the club’s 7-year trophy drought.
“It is all about trophies, that is the main objective,” said Dzvukamanja who joined Pirates at the start of the 2021/21 campaign after Bidvest Wits sold their topflight franchise to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).
“The fans must be with us in hard times and good times and I am going to give them all that I have. I am not going to try, I am going to do my best for them. I want to keep the smiles on their faces so I can surpass my goals and go far.
“So personally I have to score more goals to help the team to achieve those trophies and help my teammates in everything we do so, in short, I am here for trophies,” reiterated the 26-year-old.
In five matches in the colours of Pirates, Dzvukamanja has already scored a goal and provided an assist. However, the former Wits man has warned that he may take time to adapt to the Soweto giants’ style of play.
“I got a good reception when I got here and also, I am adjusting slowly. It is not easy to just adjust fast when you get to a new team but I am working hard and I am listening to the coach, what he wants me to do and I am trying to push according to that,” he said.
“It is difficult because at Wits it was different from Pirates. So I am trying to work hard so I can get along with the type of play they are using here. At Pirates, they can pass and at Wits, we were using target man and counter-attack for playing and winning games.”
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