MACHEKE - 'ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT'
13 June, 2022
Maritzburg United forward Tawanda Macheke is keen to make more of an impact in the DStv Premiership in 2022/ 23, in what will be his first full season in the competition.
Macheke joined the Team of Choice during the 2021/ 22 mid-season transfer period from Zimbabwean club Black Rhinos FC.
The 26-year-old striker had an exclusive interview with the club media department reflecting on his first season in South Africa.
Maritzburg United FC: What can you say to explain your first season in South Africa?
Tawanda Macheke: It was a mixed bag man, not bad but there is vast room for improvement...
MUFC: What helped you to settle in?
TM: The team as a whole played a crucial role for me to settle in. It wasn't as a result of one factor but the collective work from all stakeholders of the club.
MUFC: Are you satisfied with your performances and what are you hoping to improve on next season? TM: Honestly I wasn't satisfied because I know I can do better, going into the next season I want to surpass my performance by scoring goals.
MUFC: What was your biggest challenge since you've joined the club and how you managed to overcome it?
TM: Fitting in was a bit challenging but you know it was only 4 months so it takes time to really fit in but as the months progressed it became easier.
MUFC: What was your target before you joined the club and did you manage to achieve it?
TM: My target was to help the team to survive by all means necessary although I didn't score goals but I gave my all in trying to help.
MUFC: What's the difference between Zimbabwean and SA league?
TM: SA league is a bit faster than Zim League and SA has more exposure.
MUFC: What has been your best moment here so far?
TM: Surviving relegation.
MUFC: What can Maritzburg fans and the entire South African football fraternity expect from you?
TM: I wouldn't want to jump the gun too fast but they should expect a committed Macheke in all aspects of the game. Let's take everything in its due course but obviously every player is eager to improve.
MUFC: What does it mean to you to play in this country and is it something you've been looking forward to?
TM: Absolutely. It's a step ahead because with exposure one can to go places.
MUFC: What made you decide to come here?
TM: SA league is more competitive and also I wanted a new challenge.
MUFC: Share with us your feelings after playing in front of the crowd for the first time at Harry Gwala Stadium?
TM: Harry Gwala fans are magnificent, I was humbled because they supported us through it all.
MUFC: Thank you for your time.
TM: You're welcome.