PINT-sized ex-FC Platinum and CAPS United attacking midfielder Golden Munandi has come out of retirement to join Zifa Southern Region One outfit Makhandeni Pirates.
Munandi (36), who was last weekend on target for Makhandeni Pirates when they fell 1-2 at the hands of Ajax Hotspurs, announced his retirement two years ago saying his 18-year football career never gave him a fortune and he was now selling chocolate sweets to earn a living.
“I have so much passion for the game. It is good to be back but I don’t think I will last long. I came out of retirement so as to help Makhandeni Pirates,” said Munandi, a teetotaller whose football career saw him turn out for 19 teams in the top-flight including Black Rhinos, and Triangle, and also featured for Bulawayo Chiefs and Zimbabwe Saints in Division One.
He is previously on record saying he regrets that football only gave him fame and friends without fortune.
“For the past 18 years, I enjoyed playing local football. However, I regret that I only got fame and friends from playing the game for 19 local clubs. For the past 18 years, I enjoyed playing local football. I was so nomadic all-in search of greener pastures, but here I am, now a former footballer who is selling chocolate sweets which I import from South Africa,” Munandi previously told this publication.
Meanwhile, Southern Region Division One football action enters Week 13 log leaders Hwange will take on bottom-placed Zimbabwe Saints in the coal mining town.
Mainline face CIWU in Plumtree. Talen Vision have a date with Indlovu Iyanyathela at Luveve Stadium.
Indonsakusa will fight it out against Chipo Tsodzo and Innocent Mapuranga-coached Ratanang.
Casymn will do duty against Binga in Turk Mine. ZPC Hwange entertain Makhandeni at Ingagula Stadium.
Ajax Hotspurs face Mountain Climbers at White City B Arena.
Also set for White Stadium B Arena is a game between Bosso 90 and Mosi Rovers. Quality Foods meet Arenel.
Mainline v CIWU (Plumtree) Talen Vision v Indlovu Iyanyathela (Luveve Stadium), Indosakusa v Ratanang (White City, Casymn v Binga (Turk Mine), ZPC Hwange v Makhandeni (Ingagula), Ajax Hotspurs v Mountain Climbers (White City B Arena), Bosso 90 v Mosi Rovers (White City B Arena), Quality Foods v Arenel (White City Stadium).