The Sunday Mail
AT some point, one has to shift the degrees a bit, and so the need to attain an Economic History degree forced Keith Machakaire into dumping a team he always looked ready to die for.
Machakaire was the talisman for Support Unit, gave his all to the team and even played with a broken finger as they sealed qualification for the African Volleyball Club Championships in December last year.
However, when UZ Wolves offered him a chance to continue playing while also taking his place in the lecture room Machakaire was left with little option.
“It was more about my personal life.
“I needed to further my education and attain a degree,” he explained.
How will be the feeling the next time he faces his former team?
“It will always be an emotional encounter.
“They know I would never want to lose to them, it will be an epic fight.
“However, off the court we are always good friends,” said Machakaire who won the Zone VI Championship with Support Unit last December.
The new UZ Wolves man has fully recovered from the broken finger suffered during the Zone VI Championships and is confident his team will hold their own against Africa’s big boys.
“Am feeling very confident although I know it will be tough. We have a very young and energetic side which can give an opponent a good run for their money,” said Machakaire.
“I am back to full fitness and am confident I will unleash the beast in the land of Pharaohs.
“I am motivated by the fear of being average.
“It’s not only about competing against the opponent but also yourself and pushing yourself.”