Baroka attacker Talent Chawapiwa learning from Doctor Khumalo
Posted: 30 January 2018 Time: 17:30
Zimbabwean attacker Talent Chawapiwa says the likes of Doctor Khumalo are constantly encouraging him to express himself at Baroka.
Chawapiwa has impressed since joining Bakgaga in the off-season from FC Platinum, having caught the club's eye during the Warriors' COSAFA Cup triumph in the North West in June last year.
The exciting winger has racked up 14 league appearances under coach Kgoloko Thobejane and reiterated his value by providing an assist for Gift Motupa's opener in the 2-2 draw with Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday. He also struck the post in the previous 2-1 home loss to Kaizer Chiefs as his teammate Lucky Nguzana profited on the rebound.
Chawapiwa is grateful for the support he is receiving in Limpopo.
"I think the technical team, they support me a lot. They just gave me that freedom to go there and express yourself. Also with my teammates, they know what I can do," Chawapiwa tells KickOff.com.
"They just encourage me time and time again. Whenever I lose the ball they tell me, 'don't worry, we'll get it for you'. They have been there for me, even Doctor Khumalo. When I'm down, he always encourages me every time, 'you going to get it right; it's your first season [in the PSL], just keep on doing what you doing and we are behind you'."
Chawapiwa says it's obvious Khumalo - the club's technical director and a Bafana Bafana and Amakhosi legend - played football at the highest level.
"It makes it easy having someone who played at the highest level of football, someone who knows everything about football, someone who's got the understanding of football," he says of the 1996 AFCON winner.
"Whenever he's telling me something you can see that this guy has played football. When you cheating, he knows that you are cheating because he has played it.
"At times it is difficult to work with somebody who knows the game because he knows what you are supposed to do. When you are not getting it right, he's calm. He'll call you and say that you have to do this, you have to do that.
"But so far so good, we are enjoying to have him around."
Baroka next visit Free State Stars this Saturday at Goble Park.