Covid-19 robs ex-Downs star of swansong season

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Former Mamelodi Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces utility player Method Mwanjale has hung his boots after 19 years of playing professionally.

The 38-year-old had planned to have a swansong season last year with Harare side Caps United, but Zimbabwe’s domestic football season was halted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mwanjale last kicked a ball in October 2019 in a league match against his former club Hwange FC at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

“I would have wanted to leave my playing career on a high note. I wanted, at least, one more season but Covid-19 has made sure that wouldn’t happen,” the former Warriors star told The Herald.

“Football is a beautiful game and no one wants to retire from playing. But, that’s inevitable. There is a time for everything. I have been playing at the highest level for the past 19 years.

“I would have wanted to play on, and on, but this is the time to hang up my playing boots. I was hoping to bid farewell to the fans last year.

“The fans make football and they are the major drivers to success stories written by players. So, I wanted to say goodbye, in a decent manner, but Covid-19 wouldn’t allow me to do that. I wanted a run last year, especially given that I couldn’t complete the 2019 season, due to injury.”

Known for his versatility, he introduced himself in the world of professional football in 2002 with coal miners Hwange FC and went on to turn out for such clubs like Shabanie Mine, Mamelodi Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces in South Africa, as well as Tanzania giants Simba SC.

Mwanjale is a holder of a D Coaching Licence, a Sports Science Strength and Conditioning Level 1 certificate from South Africa, as well as a ZIFA Level 2 certificate and has made it clear he is venturing into coaching full-time.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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