WARRIORS goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze could become the latest Zimbabwean player after Willard Katsande to captain a South African club in a cup final if his club Baroka FC does eliminate Bloemfontein Celtics in a lucrative Nedbank Cup semi-final set for Saturday.
The other semi-final tie will be between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits.
The two potential explosive encounters mark the return of football in Mzansi after a four-and-half-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the 2019 edition of Nedbank Cup final, the gritty Katsande put on the Kaizer Chiefs captain’s armband while standing in for injured Itumeleng Khune.
Unfortunately, Amakhosi went on to lose the match 1-0 at the hands of a determined TS Galaxy.
Courtesy of his heroics between the sticks and ability to command his defence, the Gweru bred Chipezeze, a former Chicken Inn goalminder, was handed the responsibility to captain the Baroka FC ship at the beginning of the year.
In his Super Diski debut season in South Africa, the Zimbabwe goalie won the Telkom Knockout Tournament with Baroka and the contest’s Player of the Tournament gong after keeping three clean sheets and conceding only two goals as his side went on to win the cup.
His performances in the game against Mamelodi Sundowns were the biggest highlight in the campaign.
The player pocketed R200 000 for winning the award.
Reaching the 2020 Nedbank Cup final will not only come as a milestone for Chipezeze, but it will give his team a chance to play in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.
Baroka would be guaranteed participation in the inter-club competition even if they come out as losing finalists provided Sundowns complete the Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign in the top-two.
In mid-2019, as a result of the ill-fated Warriors Afcon tie against the Democratic Republic of Congo that Zimbabwe went on to lose 4-0, Chipezeze was a man that hordes of Warriors followers ridiculed left, right and centre.
However, he stomached the brunt of a cruel blame game with some unfounded reports even suggesting that he was paid to influence the outcome of the match.
He maintained that his conscience was clear and the result of the match was a true reflection of the performance of the team.
The powers-that -be at Baroka FC took the goalie to a psychologist after his horrendous performance for Zimbabwe.