FORMER Zimbabwe captain Benjani Mwaruwari is talking to four South African clubs after deciding not to return to England, according to his agent.
The 33-year-old was released by Portsmouth at the expiry of his contract in May.
With reported interest from Qatar and promoted English Premier League side West Ham United – where his former boss at Blackburn Sam Allardycen is in charge – Mwaruwari had chosen to end his career in Africa, his agent Ralph Nkomo said.
“South Africa is his destination,” Nkomo told South Africa’s top football magazine, Kick Off.
“We are talking to four clubs and we will be making a decision in 10 days’ time when I meet up with Benji back in Johannesburg. He wants to come and play in South Africa for family reasons and be closer to home (Zimbabwe) where he has set up his Foundation.”
Mwaruwari’s stepping stone to a career in top leagues in Switzerland, France and England was a stint with South African Premier League side, Jomo Cosmos. Cosmos are believed to be one of the four clubs chasing his signature.
The former Manchester City striker said last month that his next contract would be his last.
"I think I can still give a year or two at the top level, but my next contract would be the last one," he said.