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Curtworth Masango

WARRIORS midfielder, Kundai Benyu, says there is so much at play when foreign-based players are called up for national duty.

He plays for Iceland’s top-flight side IBV Knattspyrna,

Zimbabwe has a large pool of players based in European leagues.

And, the call to bring them home has been deafening in recent years, albeit with little success.

Benyu told our sister station, ZTN Prime, that most European clubs were reluctant to release their players to play in hot environments.

“A lot of places in Europe are quite cold so, at times, the club won’t be willing to release the players.

“So, quite a few things come with these decisions, it’s not just a matter of yes and no.

“But, people say bad things about players not wanting to play for the country.

“The clubs consider issues like weather, as well, before they can release a player,” he said.

Benyu believes the integration of young top-notch foreign-based players like Reiss Nelson, Tapiwa Maswanhise and Isaac Mabaya, among others, would be key in bringing glory to the Warriors.

“I would like to think that integrating all key players is the way to go.

“That being said, we have to be patient and see what the future holds because of our current ban by FIFA.

“The ban has affected all of us. We were coming from AFCON and looking forward to another year and to pick up from where we had left.

“Hopefully, the situation can be resolved and we get back to playing again,” he said.

Benyu previously played for Celtic in Scotland where he was under the tutelage of former Liverpool and current Leicester gaffer, Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers has been quoted saying Benyu was one of the best talents he had ever come across as a coach.

However, his rise slowed, and he failed to live up to the high expectations or to break into Europe’s major leagues.

But, Benyu is still adamant that he will find his way back to the top.

“There is no specific reason that I can pinpoint for my slump in form.

“Maybe I made some mistakes. I was quite a young guy.

“And there were a lot of things that came through, so now I am trying to pick myself up again,” he said.

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