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Benji for SA, Mushekwi Europe bound


Zimbabwean striker Benjani Mwaruwari is now almost definite to return to the Premier League following revelations by his business manager Ralph Nkomo that South Africa is his preferred destination despite interest from England and the Middle East.

The English interest is from Premiership returnees West Ham United who are coached by Mwaruwari’s former boss at Blackburn Rovers Sam Allardyce. A Middle East side in Abu Dhabi is also interested in the striker. Mwaruwari’s decision to return to the Premier League is influenced by family. He is married to a South African and has multi-million property investments in Johannesburg.

“South Africa is his destination,” revealed Nkomo from his base in France.

Nkomo will be meeting with Mwaruwari in Johannesburg at the end of next week to seal a deal that marks the former Jomo Cosmos forward’s return to the South African Premier League.

“We are talking to four clubs and we will be making a decision in 10 days’ time when I meet up with Benji back in Johannesburg. I am back in France while he has gone back home. He wants to come and play in South Africa for family reasons and be closer to home (Zimbabwe) where he has set up his Foundation.

lMeanwhile, Nyasha Mushekwi could be on his way to Europe if Mamelodi Sundowns agree to any of the three offers that are available for the Zimbabwean striker. has been informed that there are two offers from Belgian clubs and a third from England that is subject to the issuing of a work permit which could lead to Mushekwi leaving Sundowns.

Though the English club currently keen on Mushekwi is not known, Fulham has previously shown interest.

According to informants one of the clubs in Belgium will be playing in the Europa League next season.

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