Parreira praises Murambadoro


However, things did not pan out for the young Warrior here and he soon set sail to Israel where he joined Bnei Sakhnin.

His sojourn overseas lasted less than a season and he returned home to Harare to link up with the Green Machine again.

Lured by the lucrative pastures in South Africa, Murambadoro returned to renew his links with club boss Dumisani Ndlovu who then sold his Benoni Premier United franchise to Thanda Royal Zulu.

The acrobatic minder failed to deliver when he moved to Durban and left the coastal city last season to return back to CAPS United.

Then, last night while turning out for his national team against Bafana Bafana, he justified the praise that has been showered on him in the past.

The big goalminder earned the Man of the Match Award with a series of saves that kept the Zimbabweans in the lead until they succumbed in the dying stages of the game.

Murambadoro’s outstanding performance also came in for praise from Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira.

“Zimbabwe was the more organised team in the beginning and that early goal gave them the confidence to knock the ball around. The goalkeeper [Murambadoro] almost single handedly kept them in the game with a number of world-class saves.

“He was unbelievable on the evening and played the game of his life as he denied us the goals we could have scored from the numerous chances that we created. Nonetheless, 2-1 was a fair result,” said the Bafana coach.

Parreira also told that he was pleased that his charges scored their first victory over Zimbabwe in about seven years.

Last night’s result leaves the teams each having won five games out of the 10 duels that the neighbouring countries have fought since South Africa’s readmission to Fifa in 1992.

None of the games have ended in a draw.

Matches between the two rivals have been dramatic as well as tragic.

Many will recall the July 9, 2000, World Cup qualifier when an attempt by trigger-happy Zimbabwean police to disperse supporters rioting against a Delron Buckley place kick resulted in the death of 12 Zimbabwean fans during a stampede.

Prior to the Tuesday win at Germiston Stadium, the last time Bafana secured victory over Zimbabwe was in May 2001 when first half goals by Shaun Bartlett and Benni McCarthy handed South Africa the win and enhanced the qualification for the 2002 Fifa World Cup in Japan/Korea.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ veteran striker Peter Ndlovu replied for the hosts from the penalty spot on that occasion.

“It is encouraging that for the first time in many years, we have beaten this team. The result was fair one considering that they are a good side,” Parreira added.