TAFADZWA DUBE is perhaps Zimbabwe’s own version of Lutz Pfannestiel, the German goalkeeper who retired in 2011 having played for 25 different clubs in all six football confederations.
Pfannestiel played in England, New Zealand, Singapore, America, Brazil, South Africa, Finland, Namibia, Armenia, and Albania before he hung his gloves.
Dube has never played outside Zimbabwe, but the 33 year old has already played for nine teams and is on the hunt for a 10th one after walking away from Mutare City.
He is by far the Premier Soccer League’s most experienced keeper, having debuted with Lancashire Steel back in 2002 and is not short of suitors.
The goalkeeper is understood to be on the radar of Bulawayo City and ZPC Kariba. Moneyed Eastern Region Division One log leaders Manica Diamonds are also believed to be exploring the possibility of adding Dube’s experience to their promotion chasing squad.
“People will look at the number of clubs I have played for and conclude that I always want to move but that is not the case,” said Dube as he tried to explain his ways.
“Actually I don’t want to be nomadic but in some instances you are forced into moving. We are footballers and family men as well, so every time you have to assess the situation and see if it’s rewarding. I joined them (Mutare City) in March and have never received any salary. I think it’s only fair that I search for better opportunities. How am I expected to take care of my family when I am not getting paid?”
Dube, a father of two boys, made his Premier Soccer League debut with the now defunct Lancashire Steel when he was still a 17-year-old student at Kwekwe High in 2002. He went on to play for Dynamos (two stints), Masvingo United, Gunners, FC Platinum, Caps United, Harare City, Yadah FC and Mutare City Rovers. It has been a challenging journey. Playing for all these teams has helped me a lot in terms of experience because I have played for both big and small teams. I have also played for both the rich and the poor teams,” said Dube who was voted Zimbabwe’s finest goalie in 2009.
“There were different expectations at all these teams I played for and as a player it helps you gauge your level, you challenge yourself to suit all the conditions.”
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