BRUCE GROBBELAAR took a break from his match fixing trial in England to play for Zimbabwe in their goalless draw with Ghana in an African Nations' Cup qualifier yesterday.
The goalkeeper, who spent last week at Winchester Crown Court where he denied any involvement in an alleged English match fixing arrangement organised by Malaysian gambling interests, arrived in Harare on Saturday night.
He looked relaxed throughout the group one match and was rarely troubled by the Ghanaian strikers.
A crowd of 45,000, including Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, watched the match and the home fans whistled and roared approval each time Grobbelaar touched the ball.
The result gave Zimbabwe their first point of the qualifying campaign after a 3-0 away win over Sudan was annulled when the Sudanese withdrew from the competition two weeks ago.
Patrick Mboma and Jean Jacques Misse Misse scored twice each as Cameroon overwhelmed Namibia 4-0 in a Group 5 clash marred by six cautions and the sending off of Namibian Mohamed Hoseb.
Hosts Burkina Faso and defending champions South Africa automatically qualify for the 16 nation African showpiece and will be joined by the winners and runners up of the seven groups.