The Sunday Mail
AFTER abandoning his studies midway through, Munashe Kaseke is now fully focused on a career in football and living out his dream as a member of the Glamour Boys.
Now a fully-fledged professional, Kaseke (19), seemed destined for a desk job profession as he was studying towards a Marketing degree with the University of North-Western Ohio in the United States of America. However, a chance encounter with Brazilian legend Kaka, some eight years ago, seemed to turn him towards a path in football and eventually a call-up from Dynamos. Kaseke, then a 11-year-old, was handed a lifetime opportunity to escort Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leit (Kaka) into the stadium from the changing rooms when Zimbabwe hosted Brazil in a high profile friendly match in the run up to the 2010 World Cup finals.
“I was so excited when I was chosen to be a player escort, but they told me that I would be escorting Kaka himself that totally blew my mind,” said the 19 year-old striker. The 19-year old, who is son to Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive Officer Karikoga Kaseke, believes that experience alone was the turning point from a future in any other profession to life as a footballer.
“I always wanted to play football way before I escorted Kaka, but after the Warriors game against Brazil I knew that this was what I wanted to do with my life,” he said.
Kaseke did give his studies the good old “college try”, pun intended, but the call of a footballer was just too much to resist. Following his return from the United States two months ago, the Friendly Academy product underwent trials with Dynamos and became the first signing for the troubled giants during the mid-season transfer window.
“I was studying marketing in the US but I had to cut my studies mid-way through so that I could follow my dream.
“Football is my life and I am happy that I am pursuing my dream,” said Kaseke.
It was a decision that did sit well most of his kin, but it was only the support of his father that the 19-year-old made the big leap.
“My decision was initially met up with resistance, but the good thing is that I have the support of my father and mother.
“I really appreciate it as it motivates me to be the player I dream of becoming one day,” said the new Dynamos acquisition.
Now, the 19-year old is relishing the prospect of being part of the Dynamos family, having been one of the Glamour Boys mid-season acquisition.
“It’s an opportunity almost everyone associated with Zimbabwean football wants, and I won’t take the opportunity for granted.
“I have to work hard every day and make sure that I give the fans what they want but most importantly repay the faith coach (Lloyd) Mutasa has shown in me,” said Kaseke.
He said despite having little knowledge of Zimbabwean football he will use the experience he garnered during his time in Spain where he turned out for Malaga FC Academy. “I have travelled the world, playing for Malaga Youth Academy, and had short stints in England and USA where I was pursuing my studies.