Best of the best

Ian Gorowa, one of our game’s most prolific and finest former strikers, built his name at Black Rhinos, Dynamos and South Africa’s Cape Town Spurs. He is most remembered in Zimbabwe as scorer the solitary goal in the only game that Dynamos ever beat Amazulu in a league match in Bulawayo. Now a coach at cash-rich Mamelodi Sundowns, he gives us his best.

Ian Gorowa.
Ian Gorowa.

Best defender I faced.

Alexander Maseko. The former Highlanders central defender could tackle well and his timing was always perfect.

My most difficult stadium.

Barbourfields. It was always difficult to play there, especially against Highlanders.

My Best coach.

Ashton “Papa” Nyazika. I worked with many coaches and I will always appreciate what all of them did in improving my game, but Papa always had an effect on me. He motivated me the most.

My Best teammate.

All my team-mates treated me in the same good way. I learnt a lot of things from them.

Best striker I played with.

I have two – Maronga Nyangela at Black Rhinos and Shaun Bartlett at Cape Town Spurs. They were great partners who helped me score goals. They knew how and when to open spaces for me and were great finishers on their own right.

My Best ever Zimbabwean striker.

Shackman Tauro. He was aggressive, quick and very good in the air. If he was still playing today, he could have been among the best in the world.

My Best ever team.

Dynamos. We had quality in that team – from goalkeeper to the strikers.

The Best game I played.

Black Rhinos’s 3-3 league draw with Black Mambas in the 90s. We were about to be relegated in that last game, but I scored a brace that saw us remain afloat.

My Best season.

I had many fantastic seasons throughout my playing career and I rate all of them equally.

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