EPL clubs circle over Munetsi

Marshal Munetsi

WARRIORS midfielder Marshall Munetsi continues to turn heads with eye-catching on-field performances, as well as, off-field selfless initiatives, which have won him more admirers in the game.

Munetsi recently celebrated a new four year contract with his seventh goal of the France Ligue 1 campaign in a match against Lille where he was also named Man of the Match after scoring the solitary strike.

So good has been Munetsi that he has continued to be linked with big money moves to better leagues, particularly the English Premier League.

The former Orlando Pirates star has been linked with Brighton and Bournemouth in the topflight, as well as, Burnley and Watford in the Championship.

Burnley has since won promotion and will be playing in the Premier League next season while Watford remain in the second tier.

Zimbabwe currently have no player in the English Premier League after Aston Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba was loaned out to Luton, who will be involved in the Championship Playoffs as they push for a place at the top table.

They will play Sunderland in the semi-final with the first leg away from home on Sunday before they host their opponent on Tuesday.

Jordan Zemura, who was in the Bournemouth books, is moving to Udinese after he was banished by Bournemouth for refusing to sign the contract that was on the table for him.

Together with Nakamba, Munetsi provides hope that Zimbabwean fans will enjoy watching one of their own in their favourite European league.

Brighton could lose some of their midfielders to other Premier League teams with Argentine World Cup winning star Alex Mac Allister touted to move to Liverpool.

Moises  Caicedo is reported to be pushing for a move to Chelsea, which could open up space for Munetsi.

While he has been doing his part for his club, which saw them tying down until 2027, his off-field initiatives have not gone unnoticed as the club agreed to include a clause in his contract where they will donate US$110 to the Marshall Munetsi Foundation for every kilometre he covers in Reims’ matches.

The Foundation caters for educational needs for children from underprivileged communities in Zimbabwe. The rare clause caught the attention of FIFA president Gianni Infantino

FIFA’s Gelson Fernandes and Solomon Mudege presented him with a special letter, ball and shirt, on behalf of Infantino, who praised Munetsi for the initiatives in the letter.

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