Mapfumo explains goal celebration Douglas Mapfumo

Bruce Chikuni

POLOKWANE City forward, Douglas Mapfumo has revealed the message behind his goal celebration at Richards Bay on Saturday. 

Mapfumo opened the scoring but sadly, the Rise and Shine were at the receiving end in a five-goal thriller. 

That was the end of the road in the first round of the Nedbank Cup for Rise and Shine. 

This was the Zimbabwean forward’s fourth goal of the season, and he had struggled for goals despite enjoying a promising start. Zimbabwean players are now a rare commodity in Mzansi’s top-flight. 

The 23-year-old is the youngest Zimbabwean player who is currently raising the flag sky high. 

He had last recorded in September last year before suffering a dreadful injury that kept him on the sidelines for nearly two months. 

Their weekend’s loss against Richards Bay was deemed bigger than any fixture in Mzansi by the team’s chairman, Johnny Magaladi. 

He made a bet with the players that if they had eliminated Richards Bay from the knock-out competition, he was going to travel to Johannesburg by road. 

Mapfumo said that’s the reason he whistled with his teammates, pointing at the VIP section where Magaladi was sitting when he grabbed the opener. 

“Our chairman doesn’t want to travel by road, and he promised us many things if we had gotten the better of our opponents. 

“But the condition we liked the most was witnessing him traveling back to Joburg by road because he is always flying. 

“And it is unfortunate that we will have to wait for another day. Everyone was disappointed with the loss, we wanted to progress to the next round, but it wasn’t our day,” said Mapfumo. 

Rise and Shine is hosting Orlando Pirates this Saturday. 

Polokwane City are sitting eighth on the DStv Premiership table, and they are just two points behind the Buccaneers. 

The Legends Academy graduate is hoping to extend his scoring run. 

Mapfumo also feels they are still in the woods. 

“I was becoming worried because I was doing everything, but the goals were not coming, and I think last weekend’s goal was the icebreaker. 

“I think the confidence is back, and playing against Pirates gives you the drive to showcase your ability. 

“It’s going to be a big game for us because our priority is to survive relegation, and it feels good that we are at the top end of the table, and we are going to do everything to remain focused,” he said.

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