Ex-Downs captain proven right

Nyasha Mushekwi has earned a new contract after scoring 18 goals in the Chinese Super League
Nyasha Mushekwi has earned a new contract after scoring 18 goals in the Chinese Super League

Age defying forward Nyasha Mushekwi continues to turn heads abroad after being handed yet another new contract at age 35 after finishing in double figures again.

Zimbabwean forward Nyasha Mushekwi’s scoring form in the Chinese Super League has been trumpeted as a perfect example that should dilute the obsession with age.

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Mushekwi smashed 18 goals in the recently ended Chinese top league enabling the Zhejiang Greentown to qualify for the AFC Champions League in their first season back in topflight football.

His impressive scoring form has now earned the Zimbabwean a new deal with the club on improved terms in the year that he turns 36.

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Through his time at Zhejiang, Mushekwi has risen to become the all-time top scorer after overtaking fellow former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Dino Ndlovu.

Just recently, ex-Sundowns skipper Method Mwanjale made a declaration that Mushekwi will play up to 40 in an interview with this website.

"Nyasha’s exploits in China provide the perfect example that there shouldn’t be so much fuss about issues related to age," Mwanjale told KickOff.com.

Mwanjale played with Mushekwi at CAPS United in Zimbabwe before they moved together to Chloorkop in July 2010.

"(Olivier) Giroud is the oldest player in the French squad at 36, scoring goals, and breaking records, and you will never hear that he is now old like what we do here in Africa.

"It is the same for Ronaldo and Luka Modric. Just check how many players aged 35 and over are at this World Cup.

"Nyasha is just as old as Giroud and scoring every week in a strong league in China where they have invested a lot which is why they have attracted so many Brazilians.

"If Nyasha had been in the PSL the noise would have been about his age because we are obsessed with age forgetting that the bodies of players function differently.

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"Nyasha is a dedicated lad, very hard-working, disciplined, and God fearing so in terms of age I’m not even worried because he will play until he doesn’t want to and not be pushed out by people.

"With the way that I know Nyasha he is a guy who will keep scoring goals until he is 40 regardless of where he is playing.

"He is in the business of scoring goals, so we need to appreciate that fact.

"He can even come back and score in the South African PSL at his age," pointed out Mwanjale.

Mushekwi scored 23 last season and since leaving his homeland to play in the PSL (2010/11) at Sundowns, he has been on double figures on nine occasions playing in South Africa, Sweden, and China.

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