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Karuru – You Must Join A Team Where You Feel Wanted

Black Leopards and Zimbabwe winger Ovidy Karuru says it was easy to join Lidoda Duvha, because he felt wanted by the club.

Karuru was speaking after Leopards resumed training after the short Christmas break, and he told the Leopards media department that making the decision for Leopards was a simple one.

Leopards is Karuru’s fourth club in South Africa. He originally came to the country to sign for Kaizer Chiefs, but struggled to get game time. He also spent time at Amazulu, before joining Stellenbosch last season. Before coming to South Africa he had brief spells in France and Belgium.

“In football sometimes for a player to perform you must join a team where you feel wanted, you understand, if they call you and say come and join us, then you have to know they want you,” Karuru said.

“You don’t have to like force to play at a team where maybe they don’t want you, so what helped me to come here, I spoke to the owner of the team, Mr Thidiela, and when I got here I spoke to the coach, and we had a chat, and it made me join the group.”

Leopards return to DSTV Premiership action on the 5th of January, when they are set to play Golden Arrows in Durban.

Karuru feels Leopards have been unlucky in their last few games, but he is confident that they can turn thing around.

The club is currently 15th on the log, with just one win in their eight games so far.

Karuru has featured in three of those games, and has scored twice, scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw against Chiefs.

“Ja, everyone is raring to go because if you saw the past three games, we were playing well but unfortunately, I don’t know, maybe it was a lack of concentration, or fatigue or something, but most of the games we were leading, maybe at halftime leading, but the teams come back to equalise.”

“I think we doing good and now we want to work on that, like if we lead, no one is going to score against us.”

Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.