Mr Goal­post on cloud nine

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Lang­ton Nyak­wenda

A DAY af­ter con­ced­ing four goals against Dy­namos in 50 min­utes, crash­ing against the goal post which col­lapsed forc­ing the aban­don­ment of the game six min­utes later, Cha­pungu goal­keeper Tal­bert Shumba re­ceived a War­riors call-up.

The big goal­keeper, who weighs 81kg with a height of 1.82m, is one of the three keep­ers in Sun­day Chidzambwa’s 20-man squad al­ready in South Africa for this year’s Cosafa Cas­tle Cup.

Ge­orge Chigova and Ngezi Plat­inum’s Tak­abva Mawaya are the other keep­ers.

Shumba has be­come pop­u­lar, al­beit for bizarre rea­sons, and by the time the War­riors de­parted for the re­gional tour­ney last Fri­day morn­ing, the 27-year-old goalie had earned a new nick­name in camp.

They now call him “Mr Goal­post”.

The “goal post” in­ci­dent has thrown the Pre­mier Soc­cer League into a quandary as they do not have pro­vi­sions in their reg­u­la­tions to deal with such a pe­cu­liar oc­cur­rence.

That match ended pre­ma­turely with Dy­namos lead­ing 4-0 thanks to a brace by Em­manuel Mandi­ranga and one apiece from Den­ver Mukamba and Cameroo­nian im­port Chris­tian Joel Epoupa.

League of­fi­cials are yet to an­nounce the ver­dict.

“It’s funny how these guys come up with these nick­names, it was a strange in­ci­dent but I guess it has also brought my name to the fore,” Shumba said with a chuckle. The for­mer FC Plat­inum sub keeper was not at lib­erty to talk much about the “goal post in­ci­dent” but con­firmed that he did not in­cur any in­jury from the mishap. Shumba hit the up­right post in an at­tempt to clear the ball and ef­forts to fix the col­lapsed goal came to naught forc­ing the match com­mis­sioner Is­rael Mug­wagwa to call off the match. “I can’t talk much about that one be­cause it is a mat­ter that has gone to the PSL and I think my club of­fi­cials are the per­fect peo­ple to elab­o­rate fur­ther. “It was a crash against the post but I was not in­jured, I am fit and I still be­lieve we could have con­jured a come­back in those 34 min­utes. Who knows, any­thing can hap­pen in soc­cer,” he ar­gued. Away from the bizarre in­ci­dent, Shumba is on cloud nine af­ter earn­ing his first War­riors call-up which was prompted by the seven clean sheets he kept for “Waru Waru” prior to last week­end’s match against DeMbare. “I feel hon­oured, every player dreams to play for the na­tional team. “For some­one who wasn’t aware peo­ple were watch­ing my games, it came as a shock and all I can say is I am on cloud nine,” said Shumba. Be­fore joining Cha­pungu, Shumba played for Njube Sun­downs, High­landers and FC Plat­inum.

Tal­bert Shumba

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