MHOFU TO RECALL SONGANI
4 January 2017
… Star reverts to Danish club
SILAS Songani is set to get another chance to show his class in Warriors colours under veteran coach Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa when the AFCON qualifiers resume, H-Metro can reveal.
Songani, who arrived in Denmark yesterday to revert to SønderjyskE after a loan spell at Norwegian club Elverum, was one of the star players for the Warriors under former coach Klaus Pagels.
After the departure of the Germany coach, the former Harare City star was consistently snubbed from the Warriors squad despite his good form at one point in Denmark.
Yesterday Mhofu told H-Metro that he still regards Songani as one of the best right wing players for the country and he will give him another chance to play for the national team.
“I believe that Silas is one of the very best wingers we have. For a player to play in the local league and go on to be signed by a foreign club, playing at a higher level, there must be something very special about him. He deserves a chance to play for the Warriors,” said the Warriors coach.
Mhofu’s statement also comes at a time when he has also not hidden his admiration for Talent Chawapihwa, a star at the COSAFA Castle Cup won by the Warriors.
Such a situation will bring to four wide midfielders who could be competing for two positions in the next AFCON qualifier.
The consistent Kuda Mahachi and Khama Billiat will have to try to keep Songani and Talent at bay. All four players have great pace and skill.
That will however depend on what formation Mhofu prefers.
In the past, some of the highly-rated players have been left out of the team on the basis that they do not fit into the coach’s style of play.
Mhofu said: “I would not want to talk about other coaches. This is my own opinion. I believe that every good player can be used in any team. You will have to work with the strength of the player.
“Like in Songani’s case, he can dribble, he can cross the ball and he can score goals. And if you have a player who can subtract defenders, the better for you as a team.”
The Warriors coach said his beliefs are the reason he also took on board Talent and Ovidy Karuru.
“I think you have already seen that we had Karuru and Talent at Cosafa. Those are very talented players if given the chance. I believe in giving players a chance in that case they did not disappoint.
“I’m also open to ideas and I will then decide whether to take it or leave it. I think when the time comes, we must be able to come up with the best squad that can do the job,” he said.
Speaking from his base in Denmark, Songani said he is happy to have reverted to his club.
“I arrived today (yesterday) as I was just there for six months. It is good to be back. I had good time in Norway and what I wanted was game time, which I got,” Songani said.
Former teammate, Burkina Faso star Adama Guira, gave glowing tribute of Songani when the Zimbabwean star was at his peak. Guira has since moved to Danish side, AGF.
“Silas is a very fast player and very good technically. He always helps the team with his speed a lot of the times,” he told H-Metro, then.