Matawu returns to Poland


Former Motor Action star Clemence Matawu has ruled out any possibility of playing for a local club in the near future.

The 2006 Soccer Star of the Year yesterday revealed he still had a running contract with Polish second-tier team Polonia Byton, effectively making it impossible for him to turn out for another club.

Matawu who is currently in the country after ditching the financially unstable club over unpaid bonuses said he is willing to go back to Poland.

The 30-year-old midfielder, who was also struggling with a shin injury, said he has recovered and might go back to Europe as early as February.

“I had renewed my contract to 2013 before I got injured, so there is no way I can sign for another club now,” said Matawu from his home in Shamva yesterday.

“I’m still their player although I am having problems in getting my salary. I have not been getting my salary since I got injured last year because the team has cash problems. But since I have fully recovered. I’m hoping to go back to Poland next month.

“I have to renegotiate with the team and see if they still want my services. If they no longer want me then I will have to terminate the contract. Even though, I don’t think I will come back to play in Zimbabwe.

“Life in Europe is much better than here. I will try to find another club there. I’m just waiting for a signal from my team so I can plan the way forward,” added Matawu.

Matawu said he was currently training with a Shamva-based Division One club JMC Academy just to keep fit.

Matawu’s latest revelation has effectively put an end to speculations he was set for a sensational return to the league that gave him fame.

Motor Action had indicated they were willing to recall the skilful player and had even said they would want to include him in their Caf Confederations Cup squad.

Former champions Caps United were also reportedly keeping tabs on Matawu, who was reported to be keen to link up with his brother Louis who was at Highlanders before changing base to FC Platinum.

“Motor Action is like a second home to me and I know I will come back and play for them in future, not now. They really wanted me to play for them this year, but I spoke to Eric Rosen (Motor Action owner) and he understood my situation.”

Matawu reached the peak of his game in 2006 when he was voted the best player that season before he was snared to Poland by the Polish League second tier Towarzystwo Sportowe Podbeskidzie Biesko in 2009.

Armed with some raw skill, the agile midfielder known to trick opponents around was snapped up by then Polish top-flight league side Polona Bytom last summer.

However, the player was blighted by injuries in his maiden season at the new club, forcing the team to release him in June last year.

The financially-struggling Byton was relegated to the second division last season and they are currently bottom of the log.