Diya stages biz­zare sideshow to no avail

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Dingilizwe Ntuli Sports Edi­tor

DE­CID­ING matches through penalty shootouts have long been de­scribed as a lot­tery be­cause no one can with cer­tainty say who the win­ner will be.

That it’s a lot­tery, how­ever, doesn’t pre­vent the bizarre from hap­pen­ing. Goal­keep­ers are al­ways at the fore­front of some bizarre ac­tions in a bid to psy­che penalty tak­ers out. While keep­ers try to do ev­ery­thing to wind up penalty tak­ers with­out be­ing too ag­gres­sive, How Mine goal minder Mun­yaradzi Diya took the mind games to a new level yes­ter­day in his side’s 3-4 shootout loss to High­landers.

He lit­er­ally tried to get into the Bosso play­ers’ minds by re­mov­ing his gloves and throw­ing them into the net to at­tempt to save the penalty kicks bare­handed.

His bizarre act, how­ever, didn’t un­nerve the Bosso play­ers, who calmly slot­ted their ef­forts into the net leav­ing Diya clutch­ing thin air.

Diya then took the last kick for his side, which was com­fort­ably saved by High­landers’ keeper to cap his litany of vain an­tics.

There should com­par­a­tively be lit­tle pres­sure on goal­keep­ers dur­ing shootouts be­cause they are not ex­pected to save penal­ties, but the tak­ers are ex­pected to score and it was fas­ci­nat­ing to watch Diya try­ing to trig­ger crip­pling nerves in every Bosso taker.

Fans were as­ton­ished when Diya chose to try and save the spot kicks bare­handed over and above speak­ing to every Bosso taker as they pre­pared to take their kicks.

Be­fore the shootout, Diya had sprin­kled wa­ter on the goal line and thrown the empty bot­tle into the net, as part of his mind games to make High­landers’ play­ers ner­vous or think they can’t beat him.

Diya ap­proached the Bosso tak­ers with ball in hand, looked them straight in the eyes and said what­ever he said be­fore hand­ing over the ball to the taker. Need­less to say his mind games didn’t work and his team was bun­dled out of the Chibuku Su­per Cup.

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