Zimbabwe under-23 worldwide Martin Mapisa says he needs to observe within the footsteps of a few of Africa’s finest goalkeepers.
Like lots of those that have made it to the highest the 22-year-old, who earned his first senior cap within the latest Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, has began his journey in Spain.
A product of the Harare-based Aces Youth Soccer Academy Mapisa started his Spanish odyssey in 2018 at seventh-tier membership CD Almunecar since then he has moved up 4 divisions and now performs for Segunda B facet Zamora FC.
“My final purpose is to be among the finest goalkeepers on the earth. And play in one of many prime leagues,” he advised BBC Sport Africa.
“I do know Carlos Kameni who used to play for Malaga, I do know Andre Onana and Fabrice Ondoa got here from Barcelona. There was additionally Francis Uzoho from Nigeria who used to play for Deportivo La Coruna.
“I do not know if I’m going to play right here in Spain or I’d transfer as they did however I’m going to get to that the identical degree.”
The historical past of African keepers contains two different Cameroon greats; Jacques Songo’o who had two spells at Deportivo La Coruna, whereas Thomas N’kono performed greater than 200 video games for Espanyol.
“After I got here right here it was all new, the amenities and everything,” he remembers.
“I used to be enjoying with individuals who don’t communicate my language however I learnt so quick as a result of as a goalkeeper you need to talk and now I can communicate Spanish.”
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa supplied Mapisa with considered one of his inspirations in Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
“I began wanting as much as him on the 2010 World Cup. I checked out his movies and I may see how good he was,” Mapisa defined.
Mapisa not too long ago took the following step on his journey to fulfilling his goals by making his senior worldwide debut in a 2-Zero loss to Zambia within the latest Nations Cup qualifying after being on the bench for the win over Botswana 4 days earlier.
Regardless of that loss to Chipolopolo the Warriors secured a spot at subsequent 12 months’s Nations Cup in Cameroon due to the win over the Zebras and Mapisa will now hope that he can proceed to impress in Spain and earn a spot in Zimbabwe’s squad for these finals.
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