mwaruwari quits.jpgFootball legends have urged former Warriors skipper, Benjani Mwaruwari, to re-consider his decision to quit international football as he still has a role to play in Zimbabwean football.

 

This follows his disappointment with the fans after being booed during his substitution in an AFCON qualifier against Cape Verde at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

 

Benjani Mwaruwari’s substitution by Edward Sadomba on Sunday in the 65th minute, was cheered with a deafening roar of approval from the crowd.

 

The skipper did not hide his disappointment with the fans, some of whom believe he is past his prime and failed to produce his best performance for the Warriors, while others believe a combination of injuries which have plagued the player and failure to score goals could have pushed the player to quit.

 

Former Warriors captain, Moses “Bambo” Chunga described Benjani’s decision as regrettable and a big loss to the Warriors.

 

Former Warriors speed master and close friend, Joel Lupahla, said Mwaruwari should be persuaded to stay on as captain and continue to play until the end of the 2012 qualifiers.

 

Football legend, Stanford ‘Stix” Mtizwa, said Mwaruwari still has a lot to offer to the Warriors, adding that his experience would be invaluable.

 

What started as a bright campaign for the Warriors turned horrendous when they were held to a goal-less draw at home by islanders, Cape Verde, at the National Sports Stadium.

 

Although Mwaruwari showed some flashes of brilliance, he did not find the target and fans felt the Blackburn Rovers striker failed to live up to his big tag that goes with his name and experience.

 

Fans booed him during the match and when he was being substituted a factor which might have contributed to his decision to quit.

 

The dreadlocked player burst onto the scene as an Under 23 player during the qualifiers for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games before he graduated into the senior team.

 

He was injured ahead of the 2004 AFCON Championships in Tunisia, but returned for the 2006 finals in Egypt where he scored against Ghana.

 

Mwaruwari played for Air Zimbabwe Jets before joining Jomo Cosmos of South Africa, Grasshopper Zurich of Switzerland, Auxerre of France, Portsmouth, Manchester City and Blackburn.