OVIDY: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
NAME: Ovidy Karuru.
CLUB: Amazulu FC.
DATE OF BIRTH: 23-01-89.
PLACE OF BIRTH: Masvingo General Hospital
POSITION: All-round midfielder.
HOOD: Mucheke, Masvingo.
PREFERRED FOOT: Right.
SHOE SIZE: Eight.
JERSEY NUMBER: (Warriors 11), (Amazulu 16)
SCHOOLS ATTENDED: Don Bosco Primary School and Ndarama High School and Gokomere High School.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: I was very brilliant but I was not serious. I went to school to add numbers.
LANGUAGES: French, Zulu, Shona and English.
RELIGION: Christian, Seventh Day Adventist ndiri Musabata akakwana.
FAVOURITE DISH: Sadza and beef, I am tired of English dishes.
TEMPERS: Handina time yekutsamwa. I don’t have time to waste. Life is too short.
FAVOURITE HOLIDAY RESORT: Paris, France.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS: Jovial, Fun and Talkative.
FLICKS: I watch sport and movies.
FAVOURITE COLOURS: White and red.
TUNES: Rhumba, gospel and sungura.
FAVOURITE ARTISTS: Koffie Olomide, Alick Macheso, Freeman, Killer T, Jah Prayzah, Werrason, Fally Ipupa, and Charles Charamba.
MOBILE HANDSET: IPhone 7 and Samsung Edge.
WHEELS: BMW 320D-GT.
BMW/MERC: BMW, Benz is for executives.
MARTIAL STATUS: Single.
FAMILY: We are four siblings, three boys Obert, me and Obvious. We have a sister called Charity.
CLOSE BUDDIES: Zhaimu Jambo, Knowledge Musona, Tafadzwa Rusike and Lenon Mavuse.
SOCIAL NETWORK: I don’t like social networks. (I have three accounts on Facebook) instagram (ovidy-karuru)
BOOZE: I drink whisky occasionally.
HAIRSTYLES: Mahawk or plain cut. It depends with the mood.
TATTOOS: No. I don’t like them, not at all.
EARRINGS: Handipfeke. I am a Christian (laughing).
CLOTHING LABELS: I am very simple and I am not much into these labels.
IF YOU HAD NOT BEEN A FOOTBALLER: Professor in Mathematics.
OTHER SPORTING ACTIVITIES: Golf and pool.
TELL US SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU: They think I am full of myself but I am just a confident person and I take things head on.
YOU PLAY A BIT LIKE: I have my own way of doing things. Ndotoda kutoteedzerwawo.
INSPIRATION: My parents Justice and Elizabeth Karuru have been behind my back during good and bad times.
PER-MATCH RITUAL: I read bible, listen to gospel music, sing and pray before any match.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN JUJU? I don’t believe in nonsense. Your natural talent will take you places.
STRENGTHS: Naturally, I am intelligent in the field of play and I know where to position myself. I am good at ball control as an all-round midfielder. My finishing is also good and i always catch the goalkeeper unaware because I run into space. Defenders in Africa looks at the ball, they don’t mark their strikers and I benefit from such blunders. If I control the ball and get the space, my finishing is perfect. Above all I am fast and comfortable with the ball. I can dribble past defenders easily. I am slippery and quick with my movements and that gives me an edge when it comes to attacking. Above all, I am a team player, I don’t believe in solo efforts and selfishness.
WEAKNESSES: I struggle when I am targeted by a specific defender or marker. It annoys me.
TEAMS SUPPORTED: Man U, Zimbabwe and Real Madrid.
HOW DID YOUR CAREER START: I started at Don Bosco Primary and I was the captain when I was in Grade Six. I was the skipper to my brother who was in Grade 7. Ndaitomunhongesa mabhora. At High school, I was a star at Ndarama. One of their school coaches was in the executive for a Division One team, Guni United. I ended up playing for that side when I was in form 2 before I officially joined Gutu Leopards in form 4.
CHILDHOOD HERO: Peter Ndlovu.
PREMIERSHIP DEBUT: In Zimbabwe I made my debut in 2007 when I was 17 with Masvingo United under Taurai Mangwiro.
FORMER CLUBS: Masvingo, Gunners 2008-9, USBCO Boulogne France 2009-12, Leuven Belgium 2013, Kaizer Chiefs 2014-16.
WHAT HAPPENED AT KAIZER CHIEFS: I had no game time since 2014 and I decided to leave. A lot of off field issues disturbed by stay.
LIFE AT AMAZULU: I was happy working with Joey Antipas. I was playing regularly and I had no pressure. That’s all I wanted after frustrating seasons at Chiefs.
CONTRACTED UNTIL: Six months with an option to renew if the team gets promoted. It expired on June 30.
ANY PLANS TO LEAVE: If they want me I will go back. I have to keep my options open.
ANY OFFICIAL OFFERS FROM ABSA PREMIERSHIP CLUBS: Yes, but I want to concentrate on my games at COSAFA for now.
YOUR FEELING AFTER SCORING YOUR FIRST HAT-TRICK: I knew it was my solitary chance and I was excited. It’s not an easy record.
AND YOU ARE ON COURSE TO CATCH UP WITH PETER NDLOVU THE ALL TIME HIGHEST COSAFA SCORER: He has eight goals in four tournaments but I am keen to break the record. He is my childhood hero and I always strive to do well.
EXPLAIN YOUR CELEBRATION: Tiri kucheka cheka vanhuka. It’s just a implying that we are cutting our way through, breaking and going forward.
YOUR TARGETS AT COSAFA? Obviously to bring the trophy home. I want to be top goal scorer as well.
MOST MEMORABLE GAME AT COSAFA: Against Seychelles after scoring three goals.
WORST GAME: Madagascar, I hate man marking. Their anchorman was assignment to mark me out.
COSAFA CAMPAIGN SO FAR: I am happy. We wanted to win all matches and do well as a group. We are slowly achieving our goals.
SKIPPER: We are two captains, me and Ocean. I just wear the armband. We have many leaders in the team, Eric Chipeta and George Chigova as well.
YOUR FEELINGS AFTER YOUR NATIONAL TEAM CALL UP SINCE 2014: It’s like I was playing football for the first day.
YOUR APPROACH AHEAD OF LESOTHO TIE: It’s going to be war. We are ready and we want to win.
DO YOU THINK THIS TOURNAMENT WILL SHAPE YOUR CAREER? It’s a God given chance. It will shape for sure but I believe in God’s destiny.
BEST WARRIOR PLAYED WITH: Gerald Takwara is doing well.
PREDICTION: We are going to win. A scoreline above a two-goal margin.
HOW ARE YOUR TEAMMATES TREATING YOU? Treatment has been well so far and friendly. Tiri ve happy chete, hatitsvage zvakawanda. We are a group of humble guys.
FAVOURITE TEAMMATES: George Chigova and Eric Chipeta.
BIGGEST JOKER: Liberty Chakoroma and Talent Chawapiwa.
BEST COACHES WORKED WITH: Joey Antipas, Norman Mapeza, Taurai Mangwiro (my first professional coach at Gutu Leopards) and Sunday Chidzambwa.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS TIME? I will be back in Europe, playing for a big club and representing my country.
LIFE AFTER FOOTBALL: Rest, total rest. You won’t see me anywhere near football
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