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Makonese says to retire when 40

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FORMER Warriors defender Zvenyika Makonese says he wants to end his playing career at the age of 40.
The 37-year-old centre back was instrumental in Shabanie Mine’s 2-1 win over Harare City on Saturday after grabbing the winning goal and staying solid at the back the entire match.
His career looked to have ended after spending the past two seasons inactive but was thrown a lifeline by Shabanie coach John Phiri who signed him at the beginning of the year.
He has now featured four times this season and when it looked like Shabanie were headed for yet again another away loss on Saturday, Makonese came to the rescue in the comeback to victory.
For the better part of the match he used his experience to contain the slippery and speedy Martin Vengesai who was subsequently substituted.
He said he still has three years before he hangs his boots.
“It feels good to be helping these youngsters in the team and leading by example. I talk to each and every one of them before every match to try and boost their confidence,” Makonese said.
“I am happy they respect me and that has motivated me to continue playing. I still feel it in my body and I also feel I have three more years of playing before I retire.”
During his peak, Makonese was once in the books of South African giants Orlando Pirates and was once on the radar of French and English clubs.Advertisement