I want to be a Pirates legend: Dzvukamanja  

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WARRIORS forward Terrence Dzvukamanja hopes to be a big hit at Orlando Pirates after sealing his move to the Soweto giants last weekend following the demise of his former club Bidvest Wits.

The former Ngezi Platinum Stars player signed a three-year deal with Sea Robbers after Wits sold their DStv Premiership franchise to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM).
Dzvukamanja, who had been in South Africa since 2018, became the subject of a lot of speculation as he was on the radar of numerous top teams.
But it was the Ghost who managed to land the highly-rated 26-year-old ahead of other giants like Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Dzvukamanja now joins a rich history of Zimbabweans who have played for this illustrious Super Diski club.
The likes of Innocent Chikoya, Edelbert Dinha and Gilbert Mushangazhike all turned themselves into household names when they played for the Sea Robbers.
However, in recent years, Zimbabwean players have struggled to shine in the famous black and white Pirates jersey.
The likes of Zvenyika Makonese, Tendai Ndoro, Takesure Chinyama, Kuda Mahachi and Ralph Matema all struggled with their game at Mayfair.
Marshall Munetsi also had his ups and downs with the Sea Robbers but he remained resilient until he secured his big move to France’s Ligue 1 side Stade Reims before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Dzvukamanja is desperate to make full use of this big opportunity at this stage of his career.
And he is fully aware a good campaign with the Ghost will probably open doors for him to play in Europe.
“This is what drives all players to better themselves day by day.
“For me its two-fold, it’s about scoring goals — hopefully double figures and also about increasing my number of assists for the season. I think as an attacking player these are two areas that matter the most.
“I don’t want to see myself as somebody who came to Orlando Pirates just to add numbers. I have come here to work, and this is what I hope to prove with my performances. I want to make a difference here and if all goes well, hopefully I can achieve another goal of mine which is to play in Europe,” Dzvukamanja told the club’s website.
During his stay with Wits, Dzvukamanja had a knack of scoring goals against big teams like Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates.
“It’s not like there is a switch that I turn on and off depending on the team I play against. No, it’s not like that.
“I use the same mentality for all games but maybe the difference between the so-called big and small teams comes from the way the teams set up in terms of structure tactically.
“When you play some teams in the league, most of the so-called small teams use man-marking tactics. There is no space; the defender follows you everywhere on the pitch.
“But again, I would like to emphasise that I don’t change my approach based on the profile of the team that I’m playing against,” Dzvukamanja said.
The Zimbabwean also paid tribute to the Clever Boys for what they did for him before he made the switch to Mayfair.
“My move to South Africa came about when Wits sent its scouts to come and watch me play in Zimbabwe when I was at Ngezi Platinum. In that year I had a good start to the season and I guess this is why Wits sent scouts.
“All in all, I would like to thank Wits for the opportunity they provided me with and I will forever be grateful to them for this,” he said.

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