HARARE – For CAPS United utility player, Hardlife Zvirekwi, life can never be grim than living with a traumatising experience of missing crucial opportunities that present themselves in his parable career.
From losing his passport while on international duty to missing a penalty in the semifinal of Zimbabwe richest tournament, for Hardlife it is a tale of missed opportunities the player will have to live with.
INCONSOLABLE: CAPS United star Hardlife Zvirekwi, centre, cannot control his emotions after Sunday's defeat to How Mine. Picture: Watson Ofumeli.
In yesterday’s semifinal against How Mine at the National Sports Stadium, Zvirekwi had a good day in office and was eventually named the man-of-the-match for his outstanding performance in regulation time.
But it was not all rosy as he missed a vital spot kick that gifted How Mine an opportunity to play in a major cup final in only their maiden season in the top flight league.
The gold miners went on to win the penalty shoot-out 4-2 after the match had finished 2-2 in regulation time.
“I have to take responsibility for my contribution to today’s results,” Zvirekwi said after the match.
After Tendai Samanja had scored for Caps United, all eyes were on Zvirewki to put his club on level terms with the goal miners but his effort went wide off the target leaving thousands of Makepekepe supporters heartbroken.
His miss ruined hopes of thousands of United fans, who braved drizzling weather conditions to watch their team go down in such an agonising manner.
Zvirekwi’s miss is definitely one of the reasons the Mbada Diamonds Cup final will be an all Bulawayo affair as How Mine will now meet Highlanders, who beat Harare City 5-3 on penalties on Saturday.
This will be another chapter in Zvirekwi’s hard knock life as misfortune has clearly tailed him especially this season.
At the start of the season, Zvirekwi was assaulted by FC Platinum marshals officials for scaling the perimeter fence at Mandava Stadium before the NetOne Charity Shield tournament.
In fear of juju, the entire Makepekepe team made an unorthodox entry into the pitch but Zvirekwi was not lucky.
While the rest of his teammates were able to scale the fence, Zvirekwi was apprehended by the FC Platinum marshals and all hell broke loose.
In June this year, Zvirekwi lost his passport while on transit at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport with the Zimbabwe national team on their way to Guinea for a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Zvirekwi was left behind at the airport in Nairobi as the rest of his teammates proceeded to Conakry.
In the end, the United midfielder was rescued by Zimbabwe Embassy officials from Nairobi, who organised accommodation and food.
Zvirekwi’s ordeal finally ended when the embassy facilitated an emergency travel document and a flight back to Harare for Makepekepe star the following day.
As How Mine celebrates they triumph, Zvirekwi will be cursing himself as to why he missed the vital penalty which could have handed his side a chance to reach their first major final since 2010 when they lost to Dynamos in the BancABC Sup8r Cup.