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Benjani quits Blackburn Rovers


Former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari has quit English Premiership side Blackburn Rovers after failing to agree new terms with the club.

The Zimbabwean striker had expected to sign a one-year deal with Rovers, but quit after being unhappy with terms he was offered, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

He does not yet have another club lined up, although several clubs are understood to be interested.

Last month, Benjani claimed he would return to Ewood Park for yet another season despite his contract having expired at the end of last season.

The former Zimbabwe international revealed then he had been offered a new 12-month deal by Rovers boss Steve Kean.

“Yes, I will be back at Blackburn Rovers once again in the following season,” the 32-year-old told the Lancashire Telegraph then.

“I think the deal will be finalised in the subsequent couple of days and then I can look forward to performing my very best with the club. I do not know if there had been other clubs who desired me because I usually wanted to come back to Blackburn. I hope that will be sorted now.”

But now he might consider joining West Ham where Sam Allardyce — the man who brought him to Ewood Park — is now in charge.

Previously he played for Jomo Cosmos in South Africa, Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Auxerre in France, Portsmouth, Manchester City and Sunderland in the English Premiership.

Meanwhile, former Warriors, Hwange and Monomotapa striker, Takesure Chinyama, has been released from his contract at Polish top-flight club Legia Warsaw after a long battle with a knee injury.

Legia’s director for sports development Marek Jóźwiak confirmed on the club’s official website on Thursday.

“We decided not to extend Takesure Chinyama’s contract. We would like to thank him for playing in our club and wish him luck in his further career,” Jóźwiak said.

“Chinyama joined Legia before the season of 2007/08. He played in 94 matches and scored 41 goals. As a player of our club, he won two Polish Cups (2008, 2011), one Ekstraklasa SuperCup (2008) and finished as runners-up twice (2008, 2009).”

Chinyama was the top scorer in the 2008/09 season before he suffered a chronic knee injury.

He played three games for the Warriors under former Brazilian coach Valinhos during the ill-fated 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

His former teammate Dickson Choto will remain at the club until June 30 2013, which will be his 10th year at the club.

Another player based in the Polish top-flight is former AmaZulu left-back Costa Nhamoinesu who is contracted to Jagiellonia until June 30 2013 while former Soccer Star of the Year and Motor Action playmaker Clemence Matawu is looking for a club after being offloaded by Polonia Bytom.

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