HARARE – Defender Partson Jaure has been named the new Ngezi Platinum Stars captain taking over from utility player Liberty Chakoroma.
Ngezi coach Tonderai Ndiraya made the decision after he was impressed by the maturity shown by the former University of Pretoria centre half, who joined the club in July last year after leaving South Africa.
“I think it’s now official, he has taken over from Chakoroma,” Ndiraya said yesterday ahead of his side’s African Confederation Cup second leg clash against Angolan side CD Libolo at the National Sports Stadium today.
“The reason why we did that is because Partson is one of the senior guys and most experienced players in the squad.
“He has played with the national team and played in Africa for quite some time. So we felt this year we needed his experience to lead the team.
“We have quite a number senior players in the team so his immediate vice captain is Edgar Tapera then Chakoroma.”
Before moving to South Africa, the 26-year-old Jaure had starred for Dynamos since making his debut in 2012 for the Glamour Boys.
He went on to win two league titles with the Harare giants before sealing his move to AmaTuks in June 2014.
At one time, the former Dynamos captain was a permanent feature in the Warriors starting line before falling out of favour with ex-Zimbabwe coach Kalisto Pasuwa.
Jaure’s immediate task as Ngezi captain will be to try and inspire his teammates this afternoon to overcome a 2-1 deficit from the first leg against Libolo last weekend in Angola.
The Zimbabwean side felt hard done by the treatment they received at the hands of their opponents since touching down in Angola.
Zambian referees in charge of the first leg also made some questionable decisions, including disallowing what would have been an equaliser scored by Ngezi forward Terrence Dzvukamanja.
The Zimplats-owned side need a 1-0 to progress to the final play-off qualifying round of Africa’s second tier inter-club competition.
“Morale is high in the camp. Everyone is geared up and looking forward to the big game,” Jaure said.
“We just want to ensure that we win and progress to the next round. We have made our corrections and we now hope to do the right things this time around.
“We have been working hard, especially on our weaknesses and we looking to getting a positive result. We want to go for an early goal so that we can unsettle them.”