Mutare (New Ziana) -Zimbabwean teenager, Munyaradzi Makwanya has taken his fledging football career a step higher after he penned his first three-year pro-professional contract with Polish side Pogon Krakow Academy.
The 18-year-old Chipinge born was offered the deal last week following an impressive three-month trial with the U19 and senior team where he managed to play four games and scored two goals in the process.
The highly rated versatile attacker will make his way in the professional game in August when the season resumes.
Speaking from his Krakow base in Poland after signing the contract Mwakanya said, “ it’s a dream come true, that was my number one goal to live my dream thus playing in Europe. I can safely say the actual work has begun.”
He paid tribute to E-Rovers Academy in Chipinge which identified his talent and Stamina Academy in South Africa which exposed him to the world of professional football.
“This would not have happened without Stamina Academy that has provided me the opportunity to train and play at highest level all the while being exposed to the global game above all God is the way maker. I will also not forget E Rovers in Chipinge where I started my career,” said Makwanya.
The winger becomes the latest addition in a lengthening line of Zimbabwean players to have played in Poland which include Norman Mapeza, Shingi Kawondera, Lloyd Chitembwe, George Nechironga, John Phiri, Takesure Chinyama, Clement Matawu, Stewart Murisa and the late Usman Misi all had stints in the European country.
His former coach at Stamina Academy, Jacob Aduwatan is optimistic that Makwanya will make it in Poland given the potential he displayed in South African and during trials.
“We are happy for the youngster has taken one step higher in his football journey. Judging from where he’s coming from and where he’s heading, I see a future star”
“What can I say Munyaradzi is one amazing youngster both in and out of the field. I remember very well the first time I came in contact with him, he was covered with humility. He’s a player that takes instruction and always ready to learn new things.”
“He has worked hard for this opportunity and is an amazing person with great integrity,” said Aduwatan.
Pogon Krakow Academy confirmed in a statement that they have signed Makwanya on a three-year contract.
“Everything indicated that the player born in 2003 will stay with us for the autumn round at which he will be able to represent the new season in the senior squad,” said the club.