27 January 2017

Tendai Ndoro
Tendai Ndoro

WARRIORS striker Tendai Ndoro says every player must wait for his chance and never demand to play.

Ndoro had a lot of sympathisers who felt he should have been in the Warriors starting XI at AFCON 2017 in Gabon as he is the top striker in the South African Premiership at the moment.

However, he had to be content with a place on the bench and making appearances in the second half against Senegal and Tunisia – matches that both ended in defeats for Zimbabwe.

Upon arrival in Harare the Orlando Pirates striker said his principle is to wait for his chance and then prove himself.

“I wasn’t disappointed as a such but we were supporting each other as a team. The one who was playing, we were supporting him. Football is about supporting those selected.

“If you keep on saying I want to play I want to play, you will end up playing badly. You have to support whoever is playing at that moment,” Ndoro said.

He added:

“Coaches have their own tactics and as a player you wait for your chance and when you get it, you grab it.

You always want to play as a player but you can’t change anything. The most important thing is that this is our country.

“I was playing week in and week out at my club and obviously I was hoping to play a role. My wish then later was to score just one goal in the tournament. Luckily it came, though too late in the tournament.”

They ended with just a point from group B.

For the last game, Ndoro scored the second goal for Zimbabwe in a move that also involved Khama Billiat and Knowledge Musona.

“First I thank God for the opportunity and the qualification. It is very sad for us and the nation that we were knocked out but we will come back very strong next time.

“When you are playing at such tournaments, we leant you need to keep a clean sheet and you need to win games. That is the only thing that can take you to the next stage.

“It is a learning curve as it was our first time to be there at the AFCON finals. I think everyone has leant something from those games,” said Ndoro.