HARARE – Andre Dzikamai Gwaze thought his chance to play for the Warriors had passed him after spending the last seven years in Poland without getting any call-ups.
The Gornik Zabrze midfielder was a surprise inclusion in Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa’s squad for Sunday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi at the National Sports Stadium.
Gwaze said it was a surreal feeling when he received the call from Warriors team manager Sharif Musa and Pasuwa.
“It’s a great feeling and I’m loving every minute of it,” Gwaze told the Daily News after a training session with the Warriors this week.
“The manager called me first and after I talked to him, the coach also called me.
“It was good just hearing their voices. It’s a different language from the Polish I’m used to hearing everyday and I felt I was back home.
“I really appreciate what the coaches have done for me and I hope I won’t disappoint them on the field. I will also be disappointed as well if I don’t perform.”
The Gornik Zabre midfielder talked of how he had lost hope of ever representing his country on the international level after going for so long without a call-up.
“I was beginning to lose hope because I have been in Poland for the last seven years and hadn’t made it into the national team,” he said.
“So, I was now saying to myself, ‘no it’s not gonna happen’ but God always knows when the time is right.
“I’m glad that this is the time that it has happened and very I’m glad. I’m going to take this chance with both hands and see what happens.
Gwaze added: “It was a great feeling when I received the call-up. It’s like everything changes from that moment; the way you think about yourself and how other people see you.”
With the call-up now under his belt, the 27-year-old now hopes to impress during training in order to make the team for Sunday’s match.
“So far so good and I’m really glad that I’m here; I got the call-up. It’s always an honour to represent your national team. I’m looking forward to the experience,” he said.
“I want to showcase to people what I can do on the pitch; that’s my main focus.”