He retired in 2011 after a successful decade but when Be Forward Wanderers suffered a goalkeeping crisis Vales Kamzere stepped in and his heroic saves during the Fisd Challenge Cup final victory over Kamuzu Barracks on Saturday, have earned him praise.
Named man of the match, the 36-year old literally kept Wanderers in the match with superb point blank saves drawn from Manase Chiyesa and Kelvin Hanganda shots.
His judgement was top class. He knew when to leave his line, when to go for aerial balls and where to pass the ball when assigned to sweeping roles.
To cap his brilliant performance, the goalkeeper saved two penalties to win his team the trophy and K10 million.
Richard Chipuwa, who has been relegated to second choice goalkeeper following Kamzere’s impressive form, said he has drawn lessons from the veteran.
“Vales is also a goalkeeper’s trainer at the club. He demonstrated what we are supposed to be doing. His form is good for competition,” he said.
Captain Joseph Kamwendo said Kamzere’s form deserves a national team call-up.
“He proved today that he still has the ability to play at top level. He must be considered for national team because his experience would be an advantage, “ he said.
Kamzere dedicated the victory to the fans whom he said have been always behind the team in toughest times.
“We have had some bad moments this season but the supporters have always been behind us. This Cup belongs to them,” he said.
Kamzere further stated that he was willing to carry on for another season.
“I am pleased to be named man of the match. The award has inspired me much. I believe I can carry on for another season and then we see what lies ahead,” the former Flames goalie said. n