By Sibongumusa Dhlodhlo
Canada-based former AmaZulu goalkeeper, Dominic Sithole says there is need to introduce specialised training for goalkeepers in Zimbabwe for them to make the grade on the international stage.
Zimbabwe has over the years managed to produce numerous talented goalkeepers including the likes of, Bruce Grobbelaar, Japhet ’The Shot Cat’ Mparutsa, Peter Nkomo better known as ‘Captain Oxo’ and Brenna Msika, to mention but a few.
While all these and many more dazzled football fans with breathtaking saves in various stadia, the nation has somehow failed to produce goalkeepers who have made the grade on the international stage or at least attracting attention from European clubs.
Former AmaZulu goalkeeper Dominic Sithole, who is now based in Canada, says the country has failed to harness the talent among local goalkeepers as they have not been exposed to proper and specialised training.
“Anyone can catch the ball. Anyone can dive but it’s how you dive and catch the ball. So it’s very important and it’s very key. I’m sorry to say but that’s why you don’t really see any African goalkeepers in top European teams because in Africa we never had any specialised goalkeeper training. That’s one thing that is really lacking. Even sometimes when I watch African soccer, I see that the talent is surely there but we lack that technical aspect of the game.“
Sithole also revealed that specialised training of goalkeepers could unlock numerous opportunities for local goalkeepers.
He mentioned Muzondiwa Mugadza and Tapuwa Kapini as examples of goalkeepers that had what it takes to scale dizzy heights if they had got specialised training.
Sithole won the league title with AmaZulu before making his way to South Africa where he played for Pretoria University, Maritzburg United, Cape Town FC and later African Warriors.
He was to hang up his gloves in 2010 to take up the role of Goalkeeping Director for an Academy in Canada.