Patrick Matasi: 7 legendary penalty saves that have defined his career

Patrick Matasi: 7 legendary penalty saves that have defined his career

Festus Chuma 10:00 - 09.07.2024

Discover the legendary saves of Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi whose penalty heroics secured victories and earned accolades across Africa.

A fortnight ago during the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Cup final Patrick Matasi's brave decision paid off big time as he earned Kenya Police FC a chance to play in the 2024/2025 CAF Confederation Cup.

The Harambee Stars gloves man took the decisive spot-kick that sealed the victory in the FKF Cup final at Ulinzi Sports Complex in Nairobi.

However, this was not the first time Matasi has been a game-changer in high-stakes moments.

Pulse Sports recounts the seven most famous penalties ever saved by Matasi as per Game ni 90.

1. FKF Cup final 2024

At the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Nairobi, Matasi's composure and experience shone brightly.

Facing KCB 's experienced striker Collins Neto Matasi showcased his exceptional reflexes.

The first penalty save against Neto set the tone followed by another dramatic save from Shadrack Simiyu.

These crucial saves not only kept Kenya Police FC in the game but ultimately set up Matasi's heroic final spot-kick, securing their triumph and a coveted spot in the CAF Confederation Cup.

2. Four Nations Tournament 2024 – Malawi

During the Four Nations Tournament, Matasi faced Nyasa Big Bullets midfielder Lloyd Banega Aaron.

Diving to his right, he managed to punch the ball back to play preserving Kenya’s lead.

This critical save bolstered the team's confidence and was a key factor in their success in the tournament.

3. Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Senegal

One of the most memorable moments in Matasi's career came during the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

Senegal’s Sadio Mane stepped up for a penalty, and Matasi’s save was nothing short of sensational, diving to his right to tightly hold the powerful shot.

This save not only boosted his team's morale but also highlighted Matasi's ability to perform on the biggest stages against world-class opponents.

4. Friendly match 2019 – Democratic Republic of Congo

In a friendly match played in France against the Democratic Republic of Congo, Matasi faced former Galatasaray striker Cedric Bakambu.

The penalty save was a combination of quick reflexes and perfect timing. Matasi guessed correctly diving low to his right to deny Bakambu.

This save was particularly notable as it demonstrated Matasi's consistency and ability to handle pressure in both competitive and friendly matches.

5. Friendly match 2019 – Madagascar

Another friendly match saw Matasi thwarting Madagascar's Charles Carolus Andriamatsinoro.

The striker's attempt was powerful, but Matasi’s agility allowed him to make a crucial save.

His ability to read the game and anticipate the direction of the shot once again proved vital.

This save reinforced Matasi’s reputation as a reliable and formidable goalkeeper on the international stage.

6. CECAFA 2017 – Zanzibar

During the CECAFA tournament in 2017, Matasi faced a trio of penalties from Zanzibar’s Ahmed Said, Khamis Musa, and Mohammed Issa.

Matasi's performance was nothing short of heroic, saving all three penalties.

His triple save act became a defining moment of the tournament, showcasing his extraordinary shot-stopping abilities and mental fortitude.

7. Peace Cup 2011 – Gor Mahia

One of Matasi's early career highlights was during the 2011 Peace Cup final where his former side AFC Leopards against Gor Mahia.

Facing Chris Wekesa, Matasi's save was a turning point in the match.

Wekesa aimed for the bottom corner, but Matasi's quick reflexes and precise dive ensured the ball stayed out.

This save was a significant moment in Matasi's career marking the beginning of his reputation as a reliable penalty stopper.

His performance in this match laid the foundation for many more heroic saves in the years to come.