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The revival of Ali Sadiki

[Posted 27 Dec 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
The revival of Ali Sadiki

About three years ago, talking about the future of Zimbabwean football or future Warriors would naturally lead one to names such as Ali Sadiki, Archieford Gutu, Peter and Patrick Mubaiwa, Ovidy Karuru, among others.

The desire to make quick bucks given the difficult economic conditions in Zimbabwe made many a young and upcoming soccer stars who were clearly great stars in the making, to make rush and misguided decisions about their future.

Former CAPS and Dynamos midfield maestro, Ashley Rambanepasi (then known in football circles as Muzanenhamo) made an ill-advised decision during the CAPS/Highlanderss trip to England and decided to illegally remain in that country in search of greener pastures.

Thank heavens Ashley soon realised that the grass was not as green outside football as he had hoped,  revised his decision and headed straight back home after some months in the football wilderness.

And what an impact Ashley had at CAPS upon his return to Zimbabwe, before switching allegiance to bitter city rivals Dynamos.

Patrick, Peter Mubaiwa and Sadiki made decisions to join South Africa's second tier division, much to the chagrin of Zimbabwean supporters and soccer analysts. This was understandable given the roles the three had played with Zimbabwe's junior national teams.

Ali Sadiki realised that he was wasting his talent in SA First Division and decided to pack his bags and head home where he is now turning out for former champions Gunners, who made a belated revival in the Zimbabwean PSL this year.

Sadiki has been an evergreen performing midfielder for Gunners for the whole season and has been regularly named in the provisional squads for the AFCON 2012 qualifiers.

Below, Sadiki (AS) talks to our Chief Editor Brighton Mupangavanhu (BM) about his decision to return home and how he has enjoyed his game in Gunners' colours this past season.

This interview was done before the final PSL game in Zimbabwe. Read about Ali's predictions on who would lift the PSL title, his best 5 performing players in the local PSL, his views about the Warriors chances of progressing from Group A in the AFCON qualifiers, and his plans for the future.

BM: Welcome to Ali. Well done for the role you played in your team's 1-0 victory over Dynamos, and the subsequet 1-1 draw with Motor Action.

AS: Thank you Brighton.

BM: Your team has suddenly hit top form towards the end of the season. What do you attribute your improvement and great form to?

AS: Biscally team work and focus have played a pivotal role in our progress.

BM: Are you pleased with your personal performance through out the season? What have been your highlights so far in the season?

AS: Yes I am happy because l mananged to play a major role for the team by creating and scoring as well in some games.

BM:  It has been reported that your team is willing to play in CAF competitions next year. Are you guys really mentally ready to do that?

ASMentally we are ready because playing in such a big tournament is a dream come true to each and every player in Africa.

BM: Reflect on your campaign in the Champions League this year. You held the continent spell-bound when you beat Al Ahly 1-0 at Rufaro Stadium. What went wrong in Cairo?

ASWe allowed them (Al Ahly) to score against us first hence it became difficult for us to come back into the game.

BM:  If you return to Africa next year, what will be your goal as a team?

AS: Our main aim will be reaching the group stages and we will see our way forward from there.

BM: Before you joined Gunners, I read in the South African press that you were playing in First Division  there. Which team were you playing for?

AS: Witbank spurs.

BM:  What made you leave South Africa to come home?

AS: Mvela league (as First Division coastal regions were known in South Africa previously) is not that competetive like PSL so l thought of coming back (home, Zimbabwean PSL)

BM: You are still very young and with a bright future, how do you plan to advance your soccer career?

ASI hope to sign for a big team outside Zim.

BM: Can you confirm your date and year of birth for our records. We keep records of all potential Warriors players.

AS: December 10 1987.

BM: Do you see yourself as a future Warriors player?

AS: Yes. As far as I know every player dreams of playing for his national team, and I am no different.

BM: What do you think are Zimbabwe's chances of qualifying for the 2012 finals from Group A of the AFCON qualifiers?

AS: They (The Warriors) still have a chance if only they can win their home matches and fight for draws in their away matches.

BM:  Foreign or local national team coach for Zimbabwe?

AS: Local coach.

BM: Who would be your choice of national team coach among the local coaches now that Tom Saintfeit may not be able to serve as Warriors' coach?

AS: Anyone who is qualified for the job.

BM:  Name your shortlist of five players who impressed you the most in the PSL this season. Who do you think deserves to overally win the Player of the Year award among those on your short-list.

AS: Ali Sadiki,Charles Sibanda,Qadr Amin,Washingtone Arubi and Gilbert Mapemba.Charles Sibanda might win it that is if his team wins the championship.

BM: Who do you think will win this year's PSL title in Zimbabwe?

AS: Dynamos.

Unfortunately Ali's predictions regarding the title race were not to be. Motor Action pipped Dynamos to the title on the last day of the league matches. The race was too close to call, and anyone could have guessed either way.

We will soon find out if Ali was right about Charles Sibanda winning the Player of the Year award. In all fairness, no other player in Zimbabwe's PSL deserves to win the award ahead of either Sibanda or his team mate at Motor ction Allan Gahadzikwa.




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