HARARE – Little known Division Two side Young Chiefs striker Brian Mashutu is destined to be great footballer judging by the way his fledging career has shaped up thus far.
The 18-year-oldcould could scale the heights of greatness in the game if he keeps his focus on improving his game, and can take his place among the finest strikers to emerge out of Zimbabwe.
Mashutu looks like just another ordinary run off the mill player when he strides onto the pitch just before the kick-off with his boyish looks and a demeanour that belies his real talent.
Mashutu started playing football at Nyamande Primary School before proceeding to Northlea High School in Bulawayo.
While staying in the City of Kings, Mashatu also joined the widely revered Highlanders youth setup.
However, his family moved to Harare before he could make his mark at the Bosso.
Upon settling in the captail, Mashutu resurrected his playing career with the Harare South-based Young Chiefs side.
The rising star has so far scored 19 goals for his team this season to easy their relegation worries.
Mashutu showed a great sense of awareness and anticipation as he was at the right place at the right time always to punish Chiefs’ opponents.
The young striker is gifted with the knack of scoring the bread and butter goals, which is the hallmark of a deadly centre forward.
“Playing football is different from other sports and being elegant with decision-making is needed. I want to be play for my national team in the near future,” Mashutu told the Daily News on Sunday.
“I can see myself with a bright future in football and I’m excited to learn new things along the road.
“I learnt that my mission as a striker is simply to score on every offensive attack. This is of course impossible, but I should try to score as often as I can.
“For a striker to increase you goal scoring tally you must always think and be faster than your opponents. Running fast for a soccer striker is a big advantage.”
With proper mentorship and guidance, he is set to go places though it depends who ropes him to their clubs.