Mzungu a must
He was unlucky to have not made Dr Dream Team’s preliminary squad, but Tendai Mzungu’s performances for Fremantle in the opening round of the NAB Cup have ensured he will be in my side when round one rolls around.
In only a matter of minutes last night, Mzungu did enough to – at the very least – be added to my squad. Depending on the next few weeks, he might even find himself in the Doc’s best 22 come round one.
In the first game against Hawthorn, the 24-year-old picked up 14 touches and even kicked a goal. In the next game against West Coast, he picked up another nine disposals. The way he played, though, said more than his decent possession tally. He looked like he belonged.
The Doctor knows that NAB Cup matches can, at times, be overrated in terms of their relevance, but Mzungu’s effort should see him on your radar for your Toyota AFL Dream Team.
Mzungu costs only $97,600 and can be picked as either a forward or midfielder, and last year, for Perth in the WAFL, he averaged 29 possessions a game and won his side’s best and fairest. Clearly, he’s a player to watch.
If you missed his efforts against the Hawks and Eagles then it’s lucky the Doctor is here to help, because you won’t be seeing any more of Mzungu before round one. With Fremantle knocked out of the pre-season competition, he’ll be off national television and playing in the NAB Challenge series at regional venues.
Fremantle has a history of playing their mature-aged recruits – we all remember Michael Barlow and Alex Silvagni last year – so if he’s good enough, Mzungu will get a chance. And, at a price under six figures, there’s really nothing to lose.
Don’t be put off by the fact you have no idea how to pronounce his name; Mzungu’s your man.