Zimbabwean international Prince Dube says it was never enough to spend time on the sidelines at SuperSport United and collect a paycheque hence his decision to voluntarily terminate the contract.
The Warriors centre-forward signed for Matsatsantsa as a 20-year-old in July 2017 but found it difficult to nail a starting berth. He had the experienced trio of Jeremy Brockie, Kingston Nkhatha and Bradley Grobler ahead of him in the pecking order. Dube never played an official game for the Tshwane outfit.
The 23-year-old returned to Bulawayo giants Highlanders at the start of 2019 where he rediscovered his form. He scored 12 goals and was crowned Soccer Star of the Year second runner up.
“I didn’t get the chance I thought I deserved at the time. It wasn’t a good spell, things definitely didn’t go according to plan, but I was young, and I took it as a learning experience,” Dube told FARPost.
At the time of his signing, SuperSport CEO Stan Matthews said he was a “longer term play for us”. However, Dube grew weary of waiting on the wings. He believes he is now mature and vows if he gets another opportunity outside his homeland, he will grab it with both hands.
For now, he is elated to reunite with his uncle, Mkhokheli Dube, when the 2020 season starts. Dube turned out for KwaZulu Natal outfit AmaZulu in 2012.
“He’s one person who inspired me a lot. He’s been there from day one,” the younger Dube said.
His uncle, who has played in the United States and the South African PSL, believes the SuperSport experience will come in handy the next time he gets an opportunity to play outside Zimbabwe.
“He was young, I think that’s what made him come back. He didn’t look at the big picture, but that was a lesson learnt and he has moved on. Being in a foreign land at that age, the cultural shock, being home-sick and not getting a chance to play probably got to him,” he said.
Since returning to Zimbabwe, Dube has made strides on the international front, finishing as top scorer in the 2020 CHAN Qualifiers with five goals. At some point, he scored in six consecutive matches for his club and country for the first time in his career becoming the first Highlanders player to do so in recent memory.
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