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PSL swan-song for Mwaruwari?

2012-04-13 15:15

Portsmouth - The decision of English Championship side Portsmouth to allow former Zimbabwe international Benjani Mwaruwari to leave at the end of the season could reignite PSL interest in the player.

The 33-year-old striker has been told by Pompey coach Michael Appleton that he is free to leave the club if he wishes at any time, but will likely stay on to collect his wage until the season’s end. His departure now would provide a substantial saving on the wage bill for the financially-stricken side.

And with Benjani having publicly stated that he would like a return to the PSL before his career ends, the door might just have been opened.

Jomo Cosmos owner Jomo Sono tried desperately to re-sign Mwaruwari earlier in the season, but the deal fell through.

Although not able to match his weighty salary in England, the PSL can offer the Zimbabwean first-team football and a chance to finish his career where it began.

Ezenkosi boss Sono is also known to be a trusted confidante of Mwaruwari, who recognises the role the ex-Bafana Bafana coach played in helping him get to Europe. But a move back to Cosmos may rely on whether they stay up this season.

Indeed, Mwaruwari has chosen Sono to be one of the coaches in a high-profile testimonial game to be played in Harare in May.

On the invite list are Steven Pienaar, Bongani Khumalo and Lucas Radebe, along with the likes of Samba Sow of Mali, El-Hadji Diouf of Senegal, Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast, Cameroon's Alex Song, Nigeria's Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Ghana's Michael Essien.

The match is a farewell from Mwaruwari to the Zimbabwean national side after he formally quit international football this year having last played for The Warriors in November 2010.

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