Msendami goal sinks Pirates
Gerald Sibanda, [email protected]
JUST a day after expressing his wish to play for the national team, Zimbabwean Daniel Msendami scored the only goal for his side Jwaneng Galaxy in their final Preliminary round first leg match against South African giants Orlando Pirates at Gaborone National Stadium on Sunday.
It was his first start in the Caf Champions League and the skilful winger did not need time nor a lesser rival to prove his worth. He proved it against one of the biggest football teams in the region.
The former Highlanders player pounced on a switched ball from assist provider Kutlwelo Mpolokang to calmly slot past Ghanaian international goalkeeper Richard Ofori in the 23rd minute of the match.
The 23-year-old said that it was one of the most memorable days of his life and he was proud of how he handled himself when the opportunity was presented to him.
“I said it prior to the match that the occasion itself is going to mark one of the best days of my footballing career, scoring in the match was priceless and words cannot express how happy I am, not only for myself but for the team also.
“I know that every time when I position myself properly, a chance will always present itself. I am happy that it came in that match and I calmly managed to slot it home at such a big occasion. A lot of things go through your mind when you are presented with such an opportunity and it is easy to lose your mind and fluff the chance,” said Msendami.
He also appreciated the opportunity to start handed by his South African coach Morena Ramoreboli to start the match after playing the first two matches of the preliminary rounds from the bench.
“It takes a lot of faith and trust from a coach to be able to make such decisions. I worked hard in training and when rewarded with the opportunity, I made sure that I did my best. I appreciate the belief he has in me and it keeps me going,” said Msendami.