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Ex-Warriors Stars Musona & Billiat Called to Channel Their Inner Lionel Messi, Return From Retirement And Propel National Team

Former Warriors Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat are being urged to channel their inner Lionel Messi and come out of retirement. Dynamos and Warriors defender Frank Makarati has urged them to lead Zimbabwe in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in November.

Retirement Announcements

Musona announced his retirement from the Warriors in May 2020, and Billiat had also announced his exit from the national team. But Makarati has made a passionate plea to the duo to reconsider their decision and help the national team.

Impassioned Plea

Makarati stated that Musona and Billiat were at the peak of their careers, and the country still needs their services. He also mentioned that their talent and experience were still needed to guide, push, and motivate young players.

Comparisons to Lionel Messi

The defender mentioned that Messi retired from Argentina but came back and won the World Cup for his country. He believes that age is still on their side and players like Pepe (40), Cristiano Ronaldo (38), and Luka Modric (37) are still playing at the highest level.

Makarati is thrilled that Zimbabwe is back in the FIFA family, reported Newday. This will give local players a chance in the international market.

2026 World Cup Qualifiers

The group winner qualifies for the World Cup finals in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. The four best runners-up will play for one spot in the intercontinental playoffs.

Advice to the Team

Makarati emphasized the need for good preparations. He stated that all teams in the group were beatable. Zimbabwe needs better preparations than the opponents due to their prolonged absence.