ZIMBABWE international Martin Mapisa says he wants to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
The Warriors goalkeeper said he intended to follow in the footsteps of some of Africa’s best shot-stoppers.
Mapisa, currently at Zamora CF in Segunda B, told BBC Sport Africa that he also wanted to play in top leagues in the world.
“My ultimate goal is to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world and play in one of the top leagues,” he said.
The 22-year-old, who earned his first senior cap in the recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, mentioned some of the greatest goalkeepers he wants to emulate.
“I know Carlos Kameni who used to play for Malaga, I know Andre Onana and Fabrice Ondoa came from Barcelona. There was also Francis Uzoho from Nigeria who used to play for Deportivo La Coruna.
“I don’t know if I am going to play here in Spain or I might move as they did, but I am going to get to that same level.”
The history of African keepers includes two other Cameroon greats; Jacques Songo’o who had two spells at Deportivo La Coruna, while Thomas N’kono played more than 200 games for Espanyol.
“When I came here, it was all new, the facilities and everything,” he said.
The Aces Academy product said he has now settled in Spain having struggled with language barrier during his early days.
“I was playing with people who do not speak my language but I learnt so fast because as a goalkeeper you have to communicate and now I can speak Spanish.”
The goalkeeper, referred to as Neuer in local football circles after Germany’s Manuel Neuer, talks how he looks up-to the World Cup winner.
“I started looking up to him at the 2010 World Cup. I looked at his videos and I could see how good he was,” Mapisa explained. — Sports Reporter/BBC Sport Africa