Bill Antonio, a star is born

Tawanda Munthali

As Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, arguably two of the greatest footballers of the modern generation, are entering the final laps of their footballing careers, focus has now shifted to upcoming yougsters.

French striker Kylian Mbappe and Norwegian gunman Erling Halland have been touted to be the next duo that can show why football is the beautiful game.

Away from the stressing issue of who will replace CR7 and Messi there is an interesting development that is the new trend of talented teenage sensations who are taking world football by storm.

At Paris St German budding star Xavi Simmons shares the dressing room with Lionel Messi, Spanish giants Football Club Barcelona have midfielders Gavi, Pedri and even have in their books attacker Ansu Fati who has the potential to be a force to reckon with whilst at fading giants Manchester United young Antony Elanga is rubbing shoulders with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Moving down to southern Africa, next door across the Limpopo river, Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs have Mfundo Vilakazi who broke the internet as videos of the youngster showing his exploits flooded the internet. The youngster is touted to be the next Khama Billiat.

Zimbabwe makes the list of countries that have their own gems who are doing great things on the field of play.

Hailing from the dusty streets of Dzivarasekwa, a suburb that gave the local football scene players like prolific goal scorer Norman Maroto, right back Takudzwa Chimwemwe to mention but a few.

The gem in question made his debut for traditional Cup Kings Dynamos FC last year during the Chibuku Super Cup in a match against Yadah FC.

On his debut the teenager took football lovers on a trip down memory lane as his pace and attacking prowess left many recalling of yester year stars who had the same traits as the youngster.

It was in November of the same year that he got his senior national team call up as he was called in to replace Macauley Bonne.

Fast forward a year later Bill Antonio is fast becoming the hero for Dynamos as he has had a hand in almost every goal scored by Chazunguza in their three previous games.

It started against Bulawayo Chiefs as he capitalised on an error by the Chiefs goalie to secure victory for Dynamos.

In their next encounter against newboys Tenax, Antonio was firing on all cylinders as he produced a man of the match display. In the last Dembare match, the youngster secured all three points as he scored the winner at the dying stages of the game.

He is poised to follow in the footsteps of Norman Maroto, Eddie Mashiri, as well as Samson Choruwa as the new kid on the block who has the ability to dazzle the “7 million” Dembare fans.

It had been a minute since the club had a stand out young player, yes there have been some that include, Emmanuel Mandiranga, Musa Madhiri, Cleopas Kapupurika all these players showed signs of becoming the stand out Chazunguza players who can keep fans at the edge of their seats but they faltered as they failed to live to the billing.

The former Prince Edward athletics and soccer captain has been poised for a trial stint in Belgium in April this year.

A move that comes in as a reward for the hard work that is being put in by the speedy winger, however had the trial stint been legit there would have been formal communication between the clubs.

As his current coach Tonderai Ndiraya says the details of the trial stint are yet to officially reach his ears.

“Officially it hasn’t come to me, I have been seeing the reports in the media. If it is true I will be happy for the boy,” Ndiraya said.

Bill comes in as the missing piece to the puzzle as the nation had been long starved of teenagers who can deliver at the highest level. It is his lighting speed and dribbling skills that saw him become the first school boy to don the senior men’s national team jersey. He is already a nightmare for many defenders and he is still the new kid on the block.

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