CAPS United goalkeeper, Muzondiwa Gonese, has quit football to answer a higher call. The 35-year-old conceded his last goal in United’s 1-0 defeat to Highlanders on July 8, and says he has lost heart for the game – not least because of a raging power struggle at the club.

As Gonese shuts the door to football, he is turning to God’s mission – following in the footsteps of cricketer Tatenda Taibu who retired aged 29 to do God’s work.

Gonese, the former Masvingo star has been a member of Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Families International Church for years, and he now wants to play an active role in the church where he helps with crowd control and security.

Gonese – who says he has bought cars and a house – also recently opened a restaurant in Chitungwiza and says that it also needs his time.

But what convinced Gonese that his time on the football pitch was up was the much-publicised clashes between United coach Sean Connor and his assistant Lloyd Chitembwe. “You go to training and you get two different instructions. Then you wonder how you are supposed to perform,” Gonese explained.

“At one stage, I was accused of being involved in some gossip and a coach told me that he would end my career. It’s no longer a training. It’s not exciting and you cannot continue playing. I think this is the right decision for me.”

CAPS United chief executive, Maxwell Mironga, insisted his club knew nothing about Gonese’s retirement. Gonese won the inaugural edition of the Banc ABC Super Eight with Lengthens in 2009 and was favourite to land the Goalkeeper of the tournament award until he was disqualified for alleged ‘match fixing.’ The allegations were never proven.

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