The Sunday Mail
A MASSIVE 30 points separate poor Shabanie Mine and their moneyed Zvishavane neighbours, FC Platinum.
The Chinda Boys are 15th on the log with 14 points from 17 matches and their players are among the least paid in the league.
They don’t get winning bonuses and travel for matches in a hired and dilapidated 30-seater bus.
However, the league’s second oldest team after Highlanders has something to brag about at the halfway stage of the 2018 season.
Shabanie Mine’s 25-year-old striker David Temwanjira is the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League’s leading scorer with nine goals and the PSL’s most wanted man this transfer window.
Ngezi Platinum Stars are believed to have joined the race to sign the striker who is also being linked with ZPC Kariba, Dynamos and some South African clubs.
However, as everyone talks about his goal scoring prowess, Temwanjira is playing it cool.
“I just feel it’s God’s grace upon me. It’s incredible to hear that a number of top clubs are after my signature. It shows that I am doing something worth noticing,” said the striker.
Temwanjira, who has seen duty with Blue Rangers, Gunners, Chiredzi FC and Chicken Inn, revealed why Shabanie Mine are able to play on despite empty coffers.
“We might not be financially sound at Shabanie but there is unity. We understand the situation and that motivates us,” Temwanjira said.
The 2018 Castle Lager Golden Boot race is slowly taking shape with the likes of Caps United’s John Zhuwawo and Terrence Dzvukamanja of Ngezi also in the mix with eight goals apiece.
Black Rhinos’ Lot Chiunga and Lameck Nhamo of Triangle are also within shouting distance with six goals each.
However, Temwanjira says he is not competing for the Golden Boot despite leading the chart at the halfway stage.
“I am not competing with anyone for that (Golden Boot). My wish is to score in each game I play but am not competing with anyone,” he said.
“I might be the one who scores the goals but it does not mean that I’m the most important player at Shabanie, I am what I am because of the support I get from my teammates. They are the ones who make it happen.”
Temwanjira’s football career began at Ruvheneko Primary where he played as a centre back before he switched to a striker at Glen Norah High 2.
His brother Mike, a former Warriors player who had various stints in Europe at his peak, greatly influenced David’s football career.
“He (Mike) was the one who bought me my first pair of boots and is always available to give me advice,” said the Shabanie Mine talisman.
Temwanjira is married to Diana Ngoshi and the couple is blessed with an 11-month old daughter named Daviana.