This weeks man of the moment is Ivo Philip Mapunda
|Date of Birth:||November 14, 1979|
|Years Active||2011 – Present|
Ivo Philip Mapunda is an experienced goalkeeper who has played in three countries and has played for the Tanzanian national team. Mapunda is famous for his penalty saving exploits and the white towel that he keeps in his goal area. His post match celebrations are equally memorable. Despite his heavy set physique, he does tumbles and somersaults with the agility of an Olympic gymnast.
His greatest achievement came in 2012 when he saved two penalties against Sofapaka in the 2012 FKF cup final to enable Gor Mahia to lifyt the cup and thus qualify for the 2013 CAF Confederations cup. He repeated the same heroics when he foiled Tusker in the 2013 Supercup.
Aside from his penalty saving exploits, Mapunda is rock solid between the sticks. He is very dependable with high balls thanks to his leaping ability.
Mapunda is highly experienced, having played for Yanga, African Lyon , St George (Ethiopia) and Bandari before joining Gor Mahia.
In the 2013 CECAFA cup, Mapunda was called up to the Tanzania mainland national team. After a stellar display, he was lured by Simba SC of Dar es Salaam.