After an inspiring debut season for teen striker Tino Benza one would expect the 17-year-old Herentals striker to be caught up in teenage drama and all the lavish lifestyle that is synonymous with a star of his age.
But alas, he has decided to remain humble as he dedicates more time fully focusing on polishing his skills.
The lanky forward, who turned 18 this month broke a 25-year old record held by legendary footballer Peter Ndlovu becoming the youngest ever top-flight scorer when he hit the target against Ngezi Platinum Stars in July last year.
He went on to score two more goals and provided seven assists as he helped his team to a strong sixth place finish in the league.
Benza narrowly missed on the Rookie of the Year award which was won by Tatenda Tumba of Harare City.
Despite such a colourful start to top flight league career ,the young striker has remained humble and predicts a tough 2019 race.
For someone who spent the better part of his childhood honing his rugby skills as he wanted to become a star of that game, Benza reckons he is still learning.
He believes he can become a top player only if he pays particular attention in developing his finishing technique and tactical awareness.
“I am not yet a player that I would like to see Tino Benza being,” he said.
“I have the potential yes and I need to work extra hard to perfect some aspects of my game.
“I am a striker and strikers should score many goals. They should be good with the feet, the head and in ball trapping as well as screening.
“I am not going to mislead myself and say I am ripe. I will work hard this season and see what the term can being.
” But obviously as a player have my own objectives for the season.
“What l need to do is work, work and work so as to perfect my game.”
Benza only started to fully focus on football after his father Innocent, formed Herentals FC .
Prior to that, Tino’s sporting life evolved around rugby at Peterhouse College though at times he would play football in the school’s junior team.
Herentals entertain new boys Tel One in their first encounter at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
After finishing sixth in their maiden top-tier campaign, Herentals will be looking at proving that the strong finish was no fluke.
Coach Kumbirai Mutiwekuziva has since added the former Mutare City duo of utility Joseph Chitavira and midfielder Kelvin Bingala on his already strong-looking outfit.