AGONY OF MISSING OUT
30 December 2016
WARRIORS star Cuthbert Malajila says he is not bitter for missing out on the CAF Champions league success with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Malajila, who was not getting much game time at the Brazilians, was loaned out to Bidvest Wits in the middle of the Champions League campaign.
Eventually Sundowns were crowned African club champions in Egypt with Malajila’s countryman Khama Billiat playing an important role through-out the campaign.
The Brazilians lost 1-0 to Zamalek at the Borg El Arab Stadium in the second leg of the final but the 3-0 win in the first leg had cushioned them.
In the process Malajila also missed out on the FIFA Club World Cup this month.
Yet the former Highlanders and Dynamos star believes it could have been a blessing in disguise in keeping him active for an appearance at the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon with Zimbabwe.
“As a player I did my job because I contributed (at Sundowns). I’m happy with my contribution. Football is always like that, you lose CAF Champions league but now there is AFCON. Maybe it is a plus or minus but you will never know. They won CAF but the good thing is I played my part,” Malajila told H-Metro.
Getting a place at Wits has also not been a stroll in the park for the Warriors striker.
“So far so good at Wits but as a player I still need to do more to improve. In the first weeks a won a cup and that was positive for me.
“That was the only cup that I didn’t have as a player and now I’m motivated. If I can win more, the better. I opted for Bidvest because I knew I could win more silverware there.
“Right now I’m not complaining and I’m focusing on the immediate challenges. I still have long months to come at Bidvest Wits and that is what I’m more focused on,” he said.
Malajila is focused on helping Zimbabwe make an impact in Gabon when the Warriors take on Algeria, Senegal and Tunisia in group B. The team carries an underdog tag.
“At the moment though, I have to focus on AFCON and when I’m done with AFCON, I will concentrate on my club.
“Everyone knows where we are going and we have to prepare. It will not be easy,” he said.