Caps United’s croc­o­dile hero

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Don Makanyanga

THE Caps United fan who was in­jured while cel­e­brat­ing Do­minic Chungwa’s Harare Derby win­ner last month claims he was pushed and in­sists he will not stay away from Makepekepe’s matches.

Paul Magu­mise, a car­pen­ter, builder and as­pir­ing mu­si­cian, says he is “93 per­cent fine” af­ter the Septem­ber 17 freak ac­ci­dent at Ru­faro.

The 37-year-old fa­ther of three did not spend a sin­gle night in hos­pi­tal and is thank­ful to the Caps United board and fans for stand­ing by him.

“All I re­mem­ber is Chungwa scor­ing and wak­ing up at Gomo (Harare Hos­pi­tal),” with his wife Vim­bai.

“I am a car­pen­ter, builder and also a singer, although I do not re­ally sing at the ground.

“My wife Vim­bai is a gifted singer and my wish is to have an al­bum recorded with her by the time I turn 40,” he said. Will he go watch soc­cer again? “Of course, the only rea­son I missed the Ngezi game is be­cause I needed to fully re­cover and you can see I am like 93 per­cent fit now.

“I missed the Chicken Inn win be­cause I was work­ing in Maron­dera but Caps is my team un­til death. What hap­pened was an ac­ci­dent, life goes on,” said Magu­mise. CAPS UNITED new boy Good­will Goriy­ati had been knock­ing on the big time door for years and was con­tem­plat­ing walk­ing away from the game when Lloyd Chitem­bwe gave him a kiss of life.

The 24-year-old de­fender, who has seam­lessly slot­ted into the Green Ma­chine start­ing XI af­ter join­ing in mid-sea­son, had a brief flir­ta­tion with the now de­funct Gun­ners be­fore un­suc­cess­fully try­ing his luck at Dy­namos and Ngezi Plat­inum Stars.

At Dy­namos he was told he was not good enough while at Ngezi he got a one- year con­tract with their de­vel­op­men­tal side be­fore Ton­der­ayi Ndi­raya de­creed that only Un­der-19 play­ers should fea­ture for the feeder club.

“Af­ter be­ing sent pack­ing at Ngezi I wanted to give up on foot­ball but peo­ple close to me kept pes­ter­ing me to give it an­other go. Lin­coln Zvasiya of­fered to ferry me to the Dy­namos train­ing ses­sion ev­ery­day with his car but af­ter what hap­pened be­fore my heart was never in it,” said Goriy­ati.

“Then Pros­per Chigumba in­vited me to Caps United and I trained with them for a while but they didn’t show much in­ter­est at first, so I stopped re­port­ing for train­ing.

“How­ever, two days be­fore the clo­sure of the mid­field trans­fer win­dow I re­ceived a call from Cuth­bert Chitima and he said I should come and sign a con­tract … I was shocked and happy at the same time.”

Goriy­ati went on to make his Caps United de­but against Dy­namos last month and was the hero last week­end, scor­ing a last-minute equaliser as Makepekepe drew 1-all with FC Plat­inum at Man­dava. “That is a goal I will for­ever cher­ish,” said the de­fender. “Play­ing for Caps United is a big hon­our and I am in­debted to the club for show­ing con­fi­dence in me and hope to re­pay that faith by giv­ing it my all each time I wear that green shirt.”

Stand­ing at 1,79 metrse and weigh­ing 83 kilo­grammes Goriy­ati is a far cry from the gi­ant Go­liath found in the Bible but that does not stop peo­ple from cor­rupt­ing his sur­name.

“Most peo­ple choose to call me Go­liath. It used to of­fend me but now I have grown used to it,” said the Caps United de­fender who is nick­named Garwe, be­cause of his no-non­sense ap­proach.

The last born in a family of six, Garwe was chris­tened af­ter his late fa­ther God­win Goriy­ati, a pas­tor and a car­pen­ter by pro­fes­sion. The for­mer Gun­ners FC de­fender re­vealed that he had to play hide and seek with his fa­ther as he was against the idea of him be­com­ing a foot­baller.

“My fa­ther wanted me to be a pas­tor but be­ing a foot­baller is all I ever wanted to be.

“This af­fected our re­la­tion­ship for a long time and he only began to give me sup­port when I made my break­through at Gun­ners. Sadly, he is late now but I be­lieve wher­ever he is my fa­ther is proud of me,” said Goriy­ati.

The de­fender made his Premier­ship de­but at Ma­glas on Au­gust 5, 2012 and re­turns to the fa­mous Zvisha­vane venue this af­ter­noon as Caps face Sha­banie Mine in a Chibuku Su­per Cup quar­ter-fi­nal.

“It’s not easy to play at Ma­glas, I re­mem­ber when I made my de­but their sup­port­ers made our lives very dif­fi­cult and we ended up los­ing 2-0. It’s never easy at Ma­glas and this one will even be more dif­fi­cult be­cause it a cup game.

“How­ever, I am part of a team that is full of ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, boys who love Caps United, boys who are ready to die for the team and as a mem­ber of such a unit I am con­fi­dent that we will do well,” said Goriy­ati. Bu­l­awayo City v Yadah FC (Bar­bour­fields) Sha­banie Mine v Caps United (Ma­glas)

Paul Magu­mise

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