Zimbabwe: Veteran Midfielder Clement Matawu Hangs His Boots

CHICKEN Inn midfielder Clement Matawu has announced his retirement from professional football after a lengthy career spanning almost two decades at the top level.

The 38-year-old Shamva-born former Warriors player had set his sights on playing in his swansong season this year but his hopes were dashed when the season was scrapped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas was hoping his veteran star would feature for one more season in the topflight but Matawu revealed that he has decided to hang his boots in a statement on his Twitter account on Tuesday evening.

“Today I announce my retirement from professional football, it has been a journey filled with all emotions and memories, the journey of a lifetime,” Matawu said.

“Since my return to PSL from my European endeavours in 2013, year in year out I contemplated coming to this very hard decision. Would have loved to play until forever but the robot is saying stop, I guess the playing has to change.”

The gifted midfielder who rose from Shamva before joining starring for local sides Motor Action and Chicken Inn in addition to stints in Poland with Polonia Bytom and Bielsko-Biala paid tribute to his family and those who played a pivotal role in his career.

“I would like to thank my wife Angie Sigadula, Mai Kile from Shamva, kids, close and extended family, friends and all football fans for all the support, understanding through thick and thin and all the crap that you endured because of my actions”.

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