Chelesa’s Didier Drogba and other African football stars have agreed to play in the Benjani Mwaruwari testimonial match scheduled for the National Sports Stadium on May 26.
Mwaruwari is in Zimbabwe to promote the match. He confirmed that other African football stars including the likes of Alex Song, Emmanuel Adebayor, Yaya Toure, Nwankwo Kanu, Rigobert Song, and Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Michael Essien would attend the match that will take place when the European soccer season goes on season break.
One of the organisers of the match, Kennedy Mapeza, revealed that Peter Ndlovu, arguably Zimbabwe’s best player, after the country was admitted to international football in 1980, will also play in the match alongside former Warriors captain Norman Mapeza.
Mwaruwari will officially retire from international football in that match and all proceeds from that game will go towards the Benjani Mwaruwari foundation which is earmarked for junior football development.
Current national coach Rahman Gumbo has tried to persuade Mwaruwari to come out of retirement but the former Warriors skipper has turned down the offer.
Starting off at modest Lulu Rovers in Mashonaland West before moving to Zimba Africa Rivers, University of Zimbabwe and later Air Zimbabwe Jests and Jomo Cosmos in South Africa, Mwaruwari known in football circles as the undertaker, has gone on to play in for Grasshopers in Zurich, Auxerre in France and in England for such top football teams as Manchester City,Portsmouth, Blackburn Rovers, and Sunderland. RadioVop