SHUNNED by the coach, a bitter Musa Mguni does not feel he has a place in the Al Shabab club in Dubai next season.
â€œEvery time I have been out there on the field I have given off my best for the sake of the team. But how have I been repaid? By just being given 60 minutes of playing time,â€ Mguni said after attending a final training session with Al Shabab in their build-up for the last match of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Football League (UFL) against Al Ahli last Saturday.
â€œI am a professional and I have not seen any reason to go and question the thinking of the coach. If he feels I am required to serve the team for just 60 minutes each time, then so be it. Things were tough on me at the start of the season due to such an attitude, but I decided that I will continue learning and being thoroughly professional in my approach,â€ the lanky striker from Zimbabwe said.
His commitment to the team and its cause is above reproach. Fans see him as a player who not only delivers for himself, but for the team as well.
In their crucial home match against a Rivaldo-led Bunyodkor, it was Mguniâ€™s two goals that fetched maximum points to Al Shabab and kept them with an outside chance of being the only team from the UAE to advance in the continental competition.
â€œYes, itâ€™s the big games that make you what you are as a player. Unfortunately, 90% of the players here do not have a professional mindset. They tend to play for themselves and show off their individual skills. This does not help the bigger picture of playing a team sport,â€ Mguni observed.
Unhappy with the way things have been working, the Zimbabwean has no illusions that he may not be wanted at Al Shabab to serve out the remaining two years of his contract.
Mguni, whose last team in Zimbabwe was premiership club Motor Action, joined the Dubai club from Omonia Lefkosia, a leading club in Cyprus. â€” gulfnews.com