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January 19, 2014 12:54 PM

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Fomer Zimbabwe international James Matola has reconsidered his decision to retire and has joined Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League (ZPLS) side CAPS United for pre-season.

The 36-year-old spent the better part of his playing days in South Africa, playing for top-flight sides SuperSport United and Free Stars.

He has now returned home with hope of winning a contract with the ZPSL outfit, after a stint in the National First Division (NFD) and Monotronics FC in Namibia.

The former Warriors hardman said that he was not ready to hang his boots and expressed the desire to prove that he can still perform at the highest level.

"The idea of coming back was not influenced by monetary gain, but I want to demystify the myth in local football that once you are over 30 years, you are over the hill," Matola told The Standard.

"I signed a short-term contract with the Namibian club Monotronics in 2012 after turning out for South Africa's Batau FC. I decided to come back home because I was missing my family.

"I will continue playing as long as my legs allow me to. Soccer players gain intelligence with age. Most teams make the mistake of off-loading experienced people each time they have young talent. The team needs experienced players who will be like leaders."

He added: "I am open to any club that needs my services. I have not signed any contract with CAPS United but just asked to train with the team to keep fit. I am grateful to coach (Taurai) Mangwiro who afforded me the opportunity to train with the team."

Source: football411.com

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