GOALKEEPER Washington Arubi has thrust himself in the frame for selection into the Warriors squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers after producing a superb first-half performance in Zimbabwe’s
The veteran goalkeeper marked his return to the national team since 2015, with two superb saves in the first half to keep the Warriors in the game.
Zimbabwe gradually improved and matched their opponents, giving Arubi not much work to do in the second half as he was reduced to a mere spectator of the action.
In his post-match media briefing yesterday, Warriors coach Zdravko Logarušic, who finally travelled to South Africa on Tuesday after being initially denied entry the previous day, was full of praise for Arubi.
“That is the reason we brought three experienced players in the team — the goalkeeper, a central defender (Jimmy Dzingai) and our playmaker (Ovidy Karuru) to provide a spine for the team, so I’m happy with what he (Arubi) did today,” he said
Arubi was modest about his performance and told NewsDay Sport that he was not looking beyond the Cosafa tournament.
“As I said before, I’m just happy to be back and also I want thank the coach for giving me this opportunity to represent my nation which is every player’s dream,” Arubi said.
“I am going to work harder and do my level best to help the team to do well. I am not thinking too much about the future. For now, I am focusing on the Cosafa tournament,” the goalkeeper added.
Arubi forced himself back into the Warriors reckoning after a good season with Marumo Gallants, formerly Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila, where he helped them win the Nedbank Cup last season.
He was named Player of the Tournament for his exploits – NEWSDAY