Here is a detailed and inspiring journey of Dynamos midfielder Tanaka Shandirwa.
It was not an easy road for the national team as Tatenda passed through many obstacles.
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Many fans and fellow players likened his journey to that of English star Jaime Vardy.
Only a few years ago, Tatenda had no club working in a factory.
Below is Tanaka Shandirwa’s inspiring journey from rags to Dynamos and the national team.
DYNAMOS STAR TANAKA SHANDIRWA’S INSPIRING JOURNEY
Two seasons ago, the football streets did not know ‘Zaha’.
Shandirwa worked as a general worker in a local tobacco company, to support his family.
The 24-year-old midfielder spent his free time playing football at CADSHIP Academy.
Things have changed, Shandirwa is now one of Dynamos’ key players.
Shandirwa is generally under fire for his confidence, but it seemed to be taking him miles.
Shandirwa grew up in Highfield, in an area called PWD, reserved for immigrants and known for its Nyau gatherings.
Shandirwa’s breakthrough came when Coach Chindoza spotted him playing at Machembere Stadium.
Coach Chindoza helped him to get a scholarship at Mweya Mutsvene High School in Mutare.
His work ethic was outstanding, and colleagues admired his commitment. However, football stole his heart.
In trying to establish his playing career, Shandirwa suffered early setbacks.
He was rejected by some top clubs like CAPS United and Black Rhinos, before he signed for Yadah.
A few months later, he joined Dynamos and immediately became a fan favourite.
His coach, Mangombe described him as one of his best signings.,
“He has the potential to go places, and I wish him the best as he continues to grow.”
After impressing at club level, Shandirwa earned his first national team call-up in 2023.
Shandirwa’s journey from a factory worker to a football star is not only inspirational but also a testament to his determination and the support he received along the way.