Ex Pirates midfielder signs new contract to 2024

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Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Marshall Munetsi has signed a new deal to commit himself to French Ligue 1 club Stade de Reims until June 2024.

The Zimbabwean international joined the Stade de Reims in June last year after being snapped up from Bucs. His initial contract was set to expire in June 2023, but he’s now on a new and improved package until June 2024.

Confirming the new deal, club president Jean-Pierre Caillot said the Warriors star had impressed everyone at Stade de Reims in his first season to warrant a contract extension. Caillot said the Zimbabwean international was one of the stand-out players at their club in a season cut short by Covid-19.

“Marshall was our first recruit in the last summer transfer window. At the time, it responded to the need defined by the staff to be able to count on an athletic player capable of playing in central defence as in a midfield position. The recruitment cell had studied the man and the player in depth, but there is still this unknown factor linked to cultural and climatic adaptation. Marshall justified the confidence placed in him, his state of mind as well as his performances were remarkable. This extension validates a promising first season,” he said.

He added that the ex-Bucs man has worked extremely hard in his first season in France. An elated Munetsi also confirmed the development on his official Facebook page. “Forever and eternally grateful. #Godofalldays#newcontract#2024,’’ wrote Munetsi.

He has featured in 21 matches since arriving from the Buccaneers and provided two assists in those games, winning the hearts of the Stade de Reims faithful. A versatile player, who is equally at home in defence as he is in midfield, Munetsi is among key players new Warriors coach Zdravko Logarušic will be banking on in the national team when international matches resume.

The Warriors will be chasing glory on three fronts. The side largely made of the foreign legion will lead the charge for qualification to the FIFA 2022 World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, while their home-based colleagues had already qualified for the CHAN tournament in Cameroon when the coronavirus halted global football and sporting activities.

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By Mthokozisi Dube

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