Japhet "Shortcat" Mparutsa

From Mbare Township Kid to National Soccer Star

Japhet Mparutsa


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 2016
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 79 pages

Book not available in Zimbabwe.


A young man from the dusty streets of Mbare had a burning ambition to become a great goalkeeper. The story traces his humble beginnings, the challenges he faced and his determination to succeed and overcome as he emerged to become one of the finest goalkeepers in post independence Zimbabwe. Playing for Zimbabwe football giants Dynamos, Black Rhinos, Darryn T and South African premier league side Bloemfontein Celtics, the man fans simply know as “The Short Cat” battled the odds and broke records in a career spanning 17 years.


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Japhet Mparutsa is a former goalkeeper of the Zimbabwe national team.