Alberts Maruf in LONDON, England
Zimbabwe and Liverpool's legend Bruce Grobbelaar could spend most of their lives abroad, but the former goalkeeper can not conceal their long lover's dream of returning to Zimbabwe and trooping for World Cup finals.
Grobbellar wrote in his glowing career and the ambitions of the Zimbabwean team coach, in his recently published explosive life autobiography, "Life in the Jungle," in which he collaborated with the author, journalist and broadcasting organization Ragnhill Lund Ansnes.
Grobbelaar was a member of the nation's "dream team", who in the mid-nineties created a great passion for the Zimbabwean people under the late German coach Reinhard Fabischa. The former goalkeeper revealed that England also tried to play him on the Three Lions, but this could not happen because he had already seen Zimbabwe (World Cup Qualification against Cameroon in the early 1980s).
"Looking back, thinking of the dreams that I had as a child, I enjoyed what I've won in life. I wanted to play Liverpool and made this dream. I wanted to play for my country; I've played Dream Team.
"I wanted to run my country, I have run my country five times, but I still dream of taking Zimbabwe to the World Cup before I'm too old – I will enjoy the last dance with the Dream Team," he wrote.
Grobbelaar had been hoping to reach the World Cup final during the career, but the recapture of the troops was always persecuted by the failure demons when it was the most important.
Grobbelaar, who spent decades of selfless exile, is hoping to recover home and settle in Zimbabwe after being enamored by Emmerson Mnangagh's new political order. The previous goalkeeper visited the country this year and could not hide his joy and love for Zimbabwe.
"Just as much as a world championship, my great dream was that although I escaped from Zimbabwe and lost my passport, although during my peak years I could not play for my country, Zimbabwe is my home and there will always be. The Zimbabwean spokesman was proud of me," he wrote.
Grobbelaar also talked about the last time he trained Warriors and how he lost his job.
"In 1998, I played five matches for the Zimbabwean national team manager, winning twice and drawing once. This experience revealed me to corruption in African football, and when I tried to challenge what was happening, I soon found myself out of work," he wrote
He added: "Leo Mugabe is the nephew of former President Robert Mugabe and he has become the chairman of ZIFA. When I challenged him about the location of some players' money, he did not accept the questions. In a short time my passport was taken away again, although the authorities did not I would give up when I started working in South Africa. "
Grobbelaar has yet to show his disappointment at how he has the caps.
"No matter how many games I would have played if my passport was not picked up from 1985 to 1992. Wikipedia says that I played 32 games but also had a lot of unofficial games leading me close to 50.
"Zimbabwe has lost me to the top, maybe they would have reached the World Cup if they had allowed me to play. After all, they invited me to me in 1992, mainly because I'm afraid that after the end of the apartheid I would represent South Africa and play against Zimbabwe. It also helped Reinhard Fabischam appoint the new head coach and wanted the best goalkeeper in the team.
"Only ZIFA knew that the FIFA decision was final; I could not play in any country other than the one I represented in the official FIFA game," he wrote.
Grobbelaar also talked about how he lost his Zimbabwe passport for the first time in 1985, and the attempt by England to attract him to FIFA only to delay his request, as he was already representing Zimbabwe.
"My Zimbabwe abandoned me. My first autobiography (" More than a little ") was released a few months earlier. The Zimbabwean government read it and was unobtrusive with Robert Mugabe (former president). I did not know it until I tried to renew my passport In london
"It might sound worrying, but on this day I greet friends Mudedu. My bundle in 1976 during the Bush War took Hondas Valley.
"Nearly 10 years later Mudede worked as a Zimbabwean attaché in London. He called me in my private office and said," Bruce, you need your passport. But you're upsetting us. "" What do you think? "From his desk, he pulled a copy of my book" More than a bit. "Throughout the book, I have mentioned the rebels (freedom fighters) as terrorists … If you changed all the words to freedom fighters and members, then we would have renewed your passport. So, unfortunately, you you are not going to get your passport, "he wrote.