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Sweswe on Warriors' coach ,ACN 2012 qualifiers, Brazil match and future plans

[Posted 20 Jun 2010]
Sweswe on Warriors" coach ,ACN 2012 qualifiers, Brazil match and future plans

By Brighton Mupangavanhu

We recently spoke to Thomas Sweswe, the Kaizer Chiefs and Zimbabwe international rock-solid defender. In this interview, Sweswe passionately shared his views about Zimbabwe's chances in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (ACN) qualifiers, the position of Zimbabwe's substantive national team coach and what needs to be done to prepare the team for the upcoming qualifying matches in the Warriors' Group. Sweswe also shared about his experiences with Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa in this past season. This is a recorded conversation between Brighton Mupangavanhu (BM) and Thomas Sweswe (TS).

BM: Thanks Thomas for agreeing to speak to How are you?

TS: Its good to be speaking to you as well my brother, thank you.

BM:You have been with Kaizer Chiefs since the beginning of the just ended season. How was your first season with Kaizer Chiefs?

TS: My first season at chiefs was great and interesting.I enjoyed playing for a well managed team. I played 28 league games and 3 cup games and missed only 2 league games because of yellow cards.

BM: Are you happy with your contribution to the whole team's performance this past season?

TS: Like I said earlier, I managed to play a good number of games, about 31 in total and I think I was fairly consistent through out the season.

BM: What do you want to see improve in the manner in which Kaizer Chiefs will approach the game next season?

TS:I think next season I want to see my team (Kaizer Chiefs) starting the season with a bang and performing consistently through out the season. This past season we had new players in the team set-up and a new coach. But now that everyone knows the culture of the team and the league there should be better consistence and we should pick a few trophies along the way.

BM: Well, Kaizer Chiefs is such a big club and the legion of your fans will expect much more from the team than the achievements of this past season.

TS: I agree with you Brighton. Next season will be different I can promise our fans that.

BM: You are such a talented defender Thomas, you have played in the Champions league with Dynamos, you are at Chiefs now. Do you still harbour any hopes of playing in Europe like any other proffessional player?

TS: If the chances do come I will go to Europe because that was my dream when I was growing up. Only God knows what the future holds for me, I thank the Lord that I have fully recovered from the back injury and I can't wait to start training for the new season!

BM: Your compatriot and Chiefs team mate Tinashe Nengomasha is rumoured to be on his way to Qatar. What is the likely impact of losing such an influential player like Tinashe, and has the Chiefs management formally confirmed his departure to you guys?

TS: We going to miss him big time, he is such a great leader on and off the field. He served this club for a long time and if chances come for him to move, as Tinashe is happy with the deal then he will have blessings of everyone at the club. He welcomed us (Knowledge Musona, Zhaimu Jambo and myself) very well with some other senior guys at the club and he was always been pushing us not to relax but to improve in each and every game. So yha, we will definitely miss him.

BM: Lets briefly talk about the recent Zimbabwe v Brazil friendly match in Harare. What ws the mood like in the camp before this big match?

TS: Yes, the mood was very high and the guys were relaxed, they were taking it like any other game, but the excitement of playing some of the world's top players was ofcourse there.

BM: What do you feel about Zimbabwe's performance on the day against the World's best team?

TS: The team played well considering that we trained only for one day and the other players were on holiday since their season had ended a long time before this match, so they were resting and were not match-fit.

BM: You had only 5 minutes to play in that match when some people might have expected to see you partnering Makonese in the heart of defence. How do you feel about that?

TS: I wasn't fit since I got injured and never played a competitive game since march. I told the coach that I wasn't ready for the match. I think Makonese and Mwanjali played very well together.

BM: In September the Nations Cup qualifiers for 2012 will commence. What do you think should happen to prepare the team for these important games?

TS: Qualifying games are starting soon, it's high time ZIFA names the coach soon rather than later and start organising some friendlies and giving every player a chance to prove themselves to thee coaches so that when the games start the coaches know who to call-up for duty.

BM: Do you think there is need for a foreign coach when the Warriors are currently being coached by a coach with European experience as a player, national team experience and having been capped 92 times, a winner of Championship in Zimbabwe, a very young coach who is passionate and shows that he knows what he is doing?

TS: Let's give Norman Mapeza a chance because there is nomore time for a foreign coach to adapt and know the players and our playing culture as a national team.

BM: How do you rate Zimbabwe's chances of qualifying from a group that includes such a strong team like Mali?

TS: We can qualify and our chances are very high this time as long as we start preparing for the qualifiers now.

BM: Thanks Baba Sweswe for your time. I wish you all the best for the 2010/2011 new season with Chiefs and the 2012 qualifiers with the Warriors. Enjoy watching the World Cup too.

TS: Thanks my brother for speaking to me.


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