Makonese keen on SA return

JOHANNESBURG - Former Santos and Orlando Pirates defender, Zvenyika Makonese, has revealed that he is looking to play his football in South Africa again.

As reported by Soccer Laduma, the 37-year-old has been playing for Shabanie Mine back in his home country of Zimbabwe, having signed a one-year deal in March.

He has been experiencing regular football at the club, which is where his playing career began, but says he is available should any team in the PSL require his services.

Makonese is vastly experienced, having had a successful spell with Santos when they were still campaigning in the PSL, and an unsatisfactory stint with Pirates.

In his prime he almost signed for Stoke City after undergoing a trial at the club, and reportedly attracted interest from Wigan Athletic.

In recent seasons, the steely defender’s star has waned, but he tells the Siya crew, “I’m doing very well this side. I’m getting regular football, but I must be honest that I miss playing in South Africa, as the level there is higher and there are chances of exposure. Age is just a number, I can still do the job for any PSL side that wants me.” — Siya Crew

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