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Sekhukhune United are targeting Zimbabwe international Kundai Benyu to bolster their midfield as part of efforts to build a formidable squad for their CAF Confederation Cup campaign.

Sekhukhune United qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup when they narrowly lost the Nedbank Cup final to Orlando Pirates on May 27 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

England-born Kundai Benyu is being sought to end Sekhukhune’s United hunt for an experienced box-to-box midfielder to bolster their African safari if they manage to lure him away from Europe. Just last year, Benyu represented Zimbabwe at the Africa Cup of Nations finals, which speaks volumes about his pedigree.

The 25-year-old is presently without a club and has expressed an interest in taking the next stage of his career to Africa. Born in England, Benyu signed a four contract with Scottish giants Glasgow Celtics when he was just 19-years-old.

It was a dream for the teenager after a phone call from then Celtics coach Brendan Rodgers while on holiday. That phone call convinced the youngster to ignore interest from the likes of Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa and move to Scotland as the perfect jump from junior football at Ipswich Town.

Kundai Benyu former Celtics football club player.

The dream soon turned to nightmare when Neil Lennon replaced Rodgers at Celtics. Benyu was soon shipped out on loan to clubs such as Oldham Athletic and Helsingborgs IF. The last straw that ended his stay in Scotland was when he was told to train with Under 15s. He packed his bags and went home.

He emerged in Iceland when he joined Vestri then ÍBV, both in Iceland.

Chances of landing the central midfielder are quite high for Ba Bina Noko. Benyu has already indicated that he wants a move to Africa and more importantly, he is presently not attached to any club.

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“Sekhukhune United have expressed interest but the player will obviously have to look at the financial side of the deal. But he really wants to come to Africa,” a source told FARPost.

Benyu was part of the Zimbabwe Warriors squad that played at the AFCON in 2021. 

It was his first appearance after switching allegiance to Zimbabwe and he performed exceptionally well.

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