Marumo Gallants were able to utilise the services of their number one goalkeeper Washington Arubi for their CAF Confederations Cup first preliminary round first leg away to Futuro Kings on Saturday.
As reported by FARPost, Arubi’s availability for the match was uncertain after he was left behind due to national team commitments and visa delays.
But the 36-year-old managed to get to the match venue ‘right on time’ on Saturday afternoon and was in goals when his team lost 2-1 at Estadio de Mongomo.
Marumo’s goal was scored by Phillip Ndlondlo.
Speaking to the club’s media team after the match, the Zimbabwean international confirmed that he arrived in Mongomo at 14:00 for the 16:00 (17:00 SA time) kick-off match.
“It was tough (the traveling) but at the end of the day I had to do that because I am contracted to the team and the team really wanted me to be here,” said Arubi.
“So, I had to be strong and just go through the journey. At least I managed to get here (Mongomo) around 14:00 and I managed to play at 16:00 and I am not feeling anything which means mentally and physically I am always on point,” he said.
Gallants will now face Kings in the second leg on Friday, 17 September at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
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By Ofhani Munyai