HARARE – Masimba Mambare’s transfer to Highlanders from Motor Action at the beginning of the season suddenly made Gift Phiri an even more important player for the Mighty Bulls.
The 26-year-old Phiri has flourished this season despite the added responsibilities on his shoulders at the 2010 champions.
Phiri has been the outlet of most of Motor Action’s attacks down the left hand side with some good and skilful play that has given his team an edge over their opponents.
The former Eagles players took some time off his busy schedule last week to answer some questions sent in by the Daily News on Sunday readers.
What is the highlight of your football career? (Ben Kota, Harare)
Winning the BancABC Sup8r and being losing finalists in the Mbada Diamonds Cup last season.
Which coach has made the most influential impact on your football career? (Silas Teramai, Harare)
Masimba Mutame who used who used to coach DSTV Rangers has been the most influential coach in my football career.
He was my coach at Cranborne Boys High School. When he became coach of Douglas Warriors he went along with me.
He was my coach at Douglas Warriors for two years. When he was appointed coach of Chitungwiza United (later to be called Eagles) he engineered my transfer to the same club. I am grateful to Mutame for being a wonderful coach to me at a critical stage in my footballing career.
Who is the best player at Motor Action? (Benias Garai, Harare)
Isaac Masame is the man. He controls how we play, how we attack and how we defend. He is the pivot around which the Motor Action play revolves. Masame is among the best players I have played with.
Which Premiership player has impressed you the most this season? (Fanwell Gora, Harare)
It is a toss-up between Masimba Mambare and Milton Ncube, my former team mates who are now at Highlanders. They have really done well for Bosso.
Where will you be within the next five years? (Ben Gora, Harare)
I am aiming very high. It is every player’s dream to turn out for the national team and to play in a top European league. I am confident that I will accomplish this.
Which team did you support as a youngster and who was your idol? (Ben Gora, Harare)
I grew up supporting Dynamos. My idol was Carlos Max.
What are Zimbabwe’s chances against Angola? (Samuel Kwenda, Harare)
We have realistic chances but it up to us the players to stand up and be counted. The administrators have not done well yes but the players have to show more passion and commitment for the national cause.
Will you beat Dynamos on Sunday? (Samson Sithole, Harare)
Come 90 minutes I am confident that it will be a good day for the Mighty Bulls. I am not promising much but at the end of the day the result will go some way in determining the champions come end of season. Masimba and Milton phoned me asking me to do them a favour. I am determined not to disappoint Masimba and Milton.
Who is the best ever Zimbabwean footballer? (Godfrey Sadza, Harare)
Peter Ndlovu is my choice. He was a passionate fighter for Zimbabwe. A skilful player who to this day, more than anyone else remains a positive role model for young players.
Do you have fond memories of your days at the defunct Eagles? (Farai Mari, Harare)
At Eagles we were one family. We loved each other. It was a very good environment that enabled us to be good players.
Choose the best eleven players in the Premiership so far? (Farai Mari, Harare)
Ariel Sibanda (Highlanders),Masimba Mambare (Highlanders),Milton Ncube (Highlanders),Ronald Chitiyo (Monomotapa),Partson Jaure (Dynamos),Charles Sibanda (Platinum),Rahman Kutsanzira (CAPS United),Isaac Masame (Motor Action),Ronald Chinyengetere (Hwange),Rodney Mware (Shabanie),Nelson Mazivisa (Shabanie)