Marshall Munentsi filled with memories upon Orlando Stadium return

Marshall Munentsi filled with memories upon Orlando Stadium return

Approximately five years after leaving Orlando Pirates, France-based midfielder Marshall Munetsi returns to Orlando Stadium – this time to help Zimbabwe in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Warriors are one of the 24 African countries unable to host matches at home due to their stadia not complying with the FIFA and CAF requirements. 

Ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Lesotho tomorrow eSgodini, Munetsi is relishing this return to his old stomping ground.

"It brings good memories because I had a good time when I was here at Pirates, so obviously it will be nice to get some good results," said Munetsi.

"And I think it would be good for me to also encourage all the people who supported me when I was at Pirates because they helped me be the better person I am today.

"So I think it will also play a big part for me tomorrow by making sure I get a good result for me and for my memories here as well."

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Zimbabwe, who were only recently allowed back into international football, now find themselves in a tough Group C, alongside Bafana Bafana, Nigeria, Benin, Lesotho, and Rwanda. 

In the opening round of qualifiers in November 2023, Likuena managed to hold Nigeria and Benin to a draw – a feat Munetsi acknowledges was no easy task.

"I think a lot of countries have progressed, even us – we were derailed a little bit when we had that suspension. I think if we didn't have that suspension, the results might not be the same," he added.

"But also, you cannot take anything for granted with what Lesotho has done because going to Nigeria and getting a point is something that is not easy, and neither is going to Benin.

"So, for us, it shows they have a good character, good players, and we just have to take this game as we are also playing against Nigeria, so we need to make sure we don't have any complacency in this game."