By Eddie Chikamhi
AFTER spending 11 years in exile, former Zimbabwe and Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce “Jungleman” Grobbelaar says he is happy to set his foot on Zimbabwean soil again and has set his sight on helping the country reclaim their place at the top of Africa’s football echelons. Grobbelaar arrived in the country yesterday and has scheduled a meeting with President Mnangagwa to present a raft of proposals for investment from his overseas partners.
The 60-year-old Liverpool and Zimbabwe legend, who is currently compiling an autobiography, is travelling with his ghost writer Ragnhild Lund Ansnes, a Norwegian journalist who is also the official writer of Liverpool Football Club books. Ansnes will document the meeting with President Mnangagwa for possible inclusion in the autobiography which will chronicle all the critical details of the life of the eccentric former goalkeeper.
The book is expected to be published later this year around September. “This is my first time to be back home since 2007 and I am very happy to be back here in Zimbabwe after 11 years. What can I say, it brings nostalgic memories, being here again. I hope to be continuously in touch because I want to assist my country in every way possible.
“Right now I have come for a dialogue with President Emmerson Mnangagwa. We have booked a meeting with his office to talk business. “I have with me some investors from abroad who are interested in investing in the country. They have big plans to build schools, academies and shopping malls,” said Grobbelaar.
“The last time I was here was in 2007 when I was asked to come and help out with the Warriors, but then there was a fallout with the former President (Robert Mugabe) when I asked if they could pay me in forex.
“The former President called and told me that forex was a problem in Zimbabwe. Because of that deadlock, the former President asked me not to come here again. That’s why I have been away this long. But now the new President has invited me back and I am here. I will do my utmost best to help my country,” he added.