I almost quit football: Matizanadzo

HARARE - Prosper Matizanadzo has revealed he was planning on walking away from football at the end of this season but has changed his mind following his Warriors call-up at the twilight of his career.

The Warriors carry a healthy 3-1 lead to Luanda this weekend with the lanky Buffaloes midfielder hoping to be part of the final 18 side that will carry the hopes of the nation in the decisive African Nations qualifier.

Matizanadzo, 32, will battle for a place from an enlarged provisional squad of 31 that includes seven players exonerated of any wrongdoing in the Asiagate scandal.

The former Eastern Lions midfielder believes his inclusion in the final 18 will open doors for fellow Buffaloes club mates and others from the smaller clubs.

“Just to be called into the provisional side is an honour,” Matizanadzo said.

“At the beginning of the year I was thinking I would quit football after this year.

“But considering all that has happened now, I think that has changed my mind.

My chances of making it into the final 18 are very high and even though the side has increased in numbers, I know I have a good chance of making it.

“Being selected to represent Zimbabwe against Angola will be a big achievement, a lot of people had written me off.”

Matizanadzo has been in great form at the Mutare army side, who are well-placed to finish this season in the top four.

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