Harare - Footballers like Method Mwanjali should go out on a high.
After memorable spells with Mamelodi Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces in South Africa; Simba SC in Tanzania; and Shabanie, Hwange and Caps United in Zimbabwe, a fitting send off would be in order.
Instead, the iconic footballer’s career is ending in a whimper, with Mwanjali announcing he will not lace up soccer boots again because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zimbabwe’s 2019/2020 PSL season was wiped out by the virus, and Mwanjali says his legs can not hold out for a more fitting send-off.
The defender was injured towards the end of last year while turning out for Caps United and had hoped for one more season in the top flight.
“It’s like all my ambitions have been thrown away by the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to play for another season but all that appears to be nothing but a wild dream now.
“I was injured last year towards the end of the season and I couldn’t recover in time to come back to the game. I had set my sights on playing for one more season but it’s a distant dream now.
“In any case, I am still feeling the pain of that injury and as it stands, I have to quit the game. I still have the screws in my knee,” said Mwanjali.
Mwanjali captained Zimbabwe to Cosafa glory in 2009 and was voted in the domestic league’s team of the season three times. He was also part of the Tanzania league team of the season two years ago.