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Kangwa: Competition healthy

By Chipo Sabeta / Published on Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 15:48 PM / No Comments / 346 views

5 January 2016

Bruce Kangwa
Bruce Kangwa

ZIMBABWE defender Bruce Kangwa insists he does not feel a national team place is guaranteed ahead of the Warriors’ third AFCON appearance later this month.

Kangwa is vying for the starting left back spots facing stiff competition from Chicken Inn’s Teenage Hadebe and Super Sport defender Onismor Bhasera.

Bhasera has been the preferred option by gaffer Kalisto Pasuwa in the AFCON qualifying games.

But the Azam FC defender says competition is good for the team and would bring the best out of everyone.

“I think that we are all professionals and we are competing for the same spot,” Kangwa told H-Metro

“Competition is healthy and pushes the players to work harder.

“You can see that we have a lot of competition in all departments of the team and that will bring the best out of everyone.

“The battle for places is a good thing,” Kangwa admitted.

The former Highlanders defender said, “It’s what you want in football, whether it’s club or international,” he said.

“No one wants an easy ride, if you’ve got that position and someone’s on your toes then you got to push yourself even harder. I think that’s only natural, we definitely do that for each other.

“It’s one of the healthy things for the squad, no one is safe. Everyone wants that shirt and to represent their country. There’s someone else there queuing up to take it.

“Whether you’ve got that shirt or not you’ve got to work really hard to get it and I think that’s what bonds for a successful team and one that does well. So far it’s been good competition and we’ll keep it that way.”

Kangwa’s versatility is likely to be an advantage to his place having played as a striker and winger before.

Pasuwa is expected to axe three more players today.

“Honestly, I don’t feel I have anything special to prove.

“Every player in every game is trying to show something extra. That’s normal and I am no different.

“You are under the spotlight in every game you play. There’s always competition for places, all across the squad.”