Roderick Mutuma endears self with Lupopo fans after breaking 11-year jinx

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By Leopold Munhende

FORMER Dynamos and Highlanders forward Roderick Mutuma is enjoying life in DRC and new club FC Lupopo fans have taken him to heart, after his solitary strike at the weekend broke a 11-year winless streak against perennial rivals TP Mazembe.

In an interview with from his Lubumbashi base, Mutuma spoke highly of the FC Lupopo fans who have monikered him ‘The Zimbabwean Goaliator’.

“I am happy here and the fans are happy too because of what I have been doing and that is one of the greatest feelings a player can get, knowing that you are making over 30 000 people in a stadium happy.

“I am yet to learn the language but wherever I go they mob me and that gives me motivation to do better. Like I said I am happy here and hope to do better,” said the lanky striker who has featured for Zimbabwe’s big three sides Highlanders, Dynamos and Caps United in his career.

Mutuma has thus far scored four goals from five games including his last breaking a 11-year jinx to beat TP Mazembe in the two side’s 176th encounter.

A 66th minute right footed strike from just inside the 18-yard box was enough to seal victory for FC Lupopo who also have former How Mine workhorse Toto Banda on their books.

Mutuma reserved special mention for Banda who also featured in the historic match.

FC Lupopo are in fifth position in DRC’s Super League and face third placed DCMP who have won their past five matches.