Best of the best

Alois Bunjira was selected to play for the national team at 17 years of age, when he was drafted by the late German-born coach,

Alois Bunjira.
Alois Bunjira.

Reinhard Fabisch, into his dream team in 1993, becoming the youngest player to achieve that feat.

He also holds the record of being the only player who did not kick a ball despite having been on top of the game when he travelled with Charles Mhlauri to the 2006 Afcon finals. A former skilful winger and goal-getter with Darryn T, Caps United, Wits University, Mamelodi Sundowns and Jomo Cosmos, he gives us his best of the best.

Best team played for

Abroad, it must be Bidvest Wits. They are an example of what professionalism is. Locally, it is Caps United, for total fun and enjoyment. With guys like Mpumelelo Dzowa, Lloyd Chitembwe, Silver Chigwenje, Joe Mugabe and Stewart Murisa.

Best opponent faced

Mbulelo Mabizela remains the toughest opponent I ever met. He is a rare talent, a gifted defender who can also attack.

Best goal scored

It has to be the winning goal (for Caps United), against Dynamos, in the BP league Cup final of 1997, where I scored two goals in a 2-1 triumph.

Best venue played at

Ellis Park (Johannesburg) because of the atmosphere and the spectacular turf.

Best match I played

Again, the game against our arch-rivals Dynamos in the BP league Cup final of 1997. I was voted man of the match after scoring a brace. That time I was untouchable and able to bring down any team we faced.

Best coach played under

I can’t name one. Wesley Grabowski (Darryn T and Zim Under-23) shaped me into a great player, Roger De Sa (Wits) taught me all about tactical discipline and how to be clever on the field.

Reinhard Fabisch was the great motivator and he gave me my break in the National team at age 17 and I will never forget that guy.

Best strike partner

Stewart Murisa and Morgan Nkhatazo remain my main men upfront. We complimented each other very well.

Best player to emerge from Zimbabwe

To name one won’t be fair. Peter Ndlovu, Moses Chunga, George Shaya, Tauya Murehwa, Myself, Stewart Murisa, Norman Mapeza, Lloyd Chitembwe, Memory Mucherahowa, Desmond Maringwa, Vitalis Takawira and most recently, we have witnessed the emerging of young talents like Knowledge Musona, Ovidy Karuru and Khama Billiart.

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