Warriors’ goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze expressed his surprise after he was called back for national duty for a game against low ranking Somalia earlier this month. Recalling what happened in Egypt, Chipezeze was surprised to note that he was the country’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Speaking to The Sunday Mail Sports, Elvis poured his heart out:
Being called for national duty after what had happened in our last game surprised me. But, what suprised me more was being taken as the Warriors’ first choice goalkeeper. The technical department, led by Joey Antipas, revealed that to me. I had a chat with Joey Antipas and Lloyd Chitembwe and they told me that they believed in my capabilities and I was going to be the first choice goalkeeper for Zimbabwe in the two matches. Considering what had happened in my last game, the decision came as a surprise to me. I was a bit hesitant at first but, after some deep thinking, I decided to take the opportunity and enjoy the games
It was my debut Afcon and to be honest, I learnt a lot from that tournament. lt helped me to understand what football is all about and the effect it has on a number of people. You have a few minutes before the game, in front of such a big crowd. You are not even ready yet, then boom, you are told that you are now starting. I had to be brave, psyche myself up and prepare in a short space of time
Playing at Afcon helped me to grow as a player. At times when you are watching some of these things on TV you might not be able to comprehend it. But, when you experience it, you get to appreciate what happens. But then again, these things happen in football. There are good and bad days in football, every player goes through such phases
After Afcon, I had a long meeting with Baroka chairman Khurishi Mphahlele. He called in coach Wedson Nyirenda, his assistants and the goalkeepers’ coach.
They said they had faith in me and the club was going to do everything in its power to help me recover from that disastrous outing. That is when they decided to rope in a psychologist. At the same time, my teammates in the national team, together with other footballers, were by my side. I think this helped me to quickly recover from the debacle.
Chipezeze went viral on social media after DRC scored 4 goals against Zimbabwe in Egypt in June and had to hire a lawyer as match-fixing allegations against him flew all over the place. Chipezeze reportedly had to go under therapy after his club hired a psychologist to help the “troubled” goalkeeper.
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