FOLLOWING a five-star performance by goalminder Donovan Bernard that saved Chicken Inn from the jaws of defeat when they played a nil all draw against Harare City on Saturday, Gamecocks goalkeepers coach Energy Murambadoro has given praise to the three clubs’ goal minders for a good work ethic.
The Chicken Inn goalkeeping department has the experienced trio of Bernard, Pride Zendera and Sam Mafukidze.
Bernard, who is yet to concede a goal in the last three games, was again on top of his game as he produced some top of the drawer saves that helped Joey Antipas’ men to walk away with a point against an offensive Harare City in a match that was played at National Sports Stadium.
He was in the process deservedly named the Man of the Match.
It was Gamecocks’ first draw of the season after posting five wins and losing once to three-time Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions FC Platinum.
“The Saturday performance by Dovonan Bernard, is a reflection of the hard work that we do day in and day out. All the three club’s goalkeepers have been greatly pushing each other. Bernard’s mental strength has changed for the good. He has greatly improved and there has been good consistency in his work,” said Murambadoro, a former Warriors and CAPS United gloves man.
“I’m a happy man. The attitude from our goalkeepers and the entire team has been impressive. It’s good team work and it was more pleasing to see Donovan Bernard getting that individual Man of the Match award. It’s not easy and we will not put him under pressure. I must say we have three best goalkeepers in the league,” added Murambadoro.
The recognition of Donovan’s good work on Saturday which was done by Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN) who are PSL broadcasting partners, will also see the ex-Warriors goalminder get US$150 prize money courtesy of Inn Bucks.
Inn Bucks is Simbisa Brands’ loyalty and rewards programme. Three weeks ago, Simbisa Brands marketing manager Fortunate Mushongandevu said beginning with their Dynamos match that was played on 27 February, the club’s Man of the Match, will receive US$150 and the Player of the Month will get US$200.
Striker Brian Muza, who is now on five goals from seven outings, was the first recipient of the Man of the Match prize money. The second recipient was the evergreen midfield enforcer Richard Hachiro.
The club’s coach Joey Antipas and team captain Moses Jackson welcomed the incentives to the players.