WILL MACHAPA STAY AT AS VITA?
30 December 2016
OSCAR Machapa’s contract ends in June but it is expected that he will extend his stay at AS VITA where he has become an overnight hero.
The Warriors star, currently in camp with the Warriors preparing for the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon, has not given much on his future.
He has however, given a glimpse of how he has managed to survive in DRC where language is the first challenge.
“Now I can talk Lingala well and bit of French. But yes, it was very difficult at first,” Machapa told H-Metro.
“It is difficult first time but with time you get used and also cope well with the environment and culture there.”
After receiving a warm welcome when he arrived, with thousands attending his first training for the club, the former CAPS United and Dynamos star quickly stamped his authority.
AS VITA loyal fans eventually erected a banner in the city to recognise “The Strong Man from Harare”.
Machapa said he was touched by the passion that the fans have for football.
“They are crazy about football. They can be all over you trying to just talk with you and it is difficult to just walk in the streets freely,” he said.
“But I create time with teammates and we just sit and have drinks during my spare time.”
But could Machapa be ready to leave a place he is treated like a king?
“Yeah, they want me to stay but we will talk about it when I go back,” he said.
The reality is that he will have to make a difficult decision. His exploits for AS VITA playing as right back or in a defensive role has not gone unnoticed and H-Metro understands there are other offers on the table.
It will however be difficult for any other club in Africa to give a better offer than that from his current club.
AS VITA could easily have gone far in the CAF Champions league had it not for disqualification after they had actually knocked out eventual winners Mamelodi Sundowns.
Machapa says his mind right now is on AFCON. His chance of making it into the 23-man squad improved after Blessing Moyo was ruled out through injury.
“I have to hope for the best. It is every player’s dream to represent his country and try to make history. I hope Zimbabwe will make history,” he said.