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Venerable Innocent Benza will break another record on Sunday when he becomes the oldest player in the world to feature in a premier cup final when his Herentals side clash against Bulawayo Chiefs in the Chibuku Super Cup Final at Barbourfields stadium in Bulawayo.

Innocent Benza

Egyptian Ezzeldin Bahader holds the record of the oldest player in the world at 74 when he featured in the Egyptian third tier league in 2020 while Japanese sensation Kazuyoshi Miura is still going strong at 55 in the Japanese fourth tier league. But non of them have featured in a cup final in the top tier leagues of their respective countries.

At 50, Benza who is the oldest player in the world playing in a premier domestic league, will add another cap on Sunday when he steps onto the Barbourfields stadium turf becoming the oldest player in the world in a top flight league cup final.

Benza is unperturbed by naysayers as he is focused on achieving his set targets in life.

“We all live for achievements and realization of dreams remember! It is so satisfying that at my age, I’m still living up to dreams of playing football,” Benza said.

“I also feel very elated that l have managed to break the world record for being in the cup final at 50. One should never let people set boundaries of what you can or cannot do. I have faced a lot of negativity thus far but am not moved. Had l moved , l wouldn’t be here breaking the world record.”

Benza said what is also more gratifying for him was playing in the same team with his son Tino, who is also making his own name in the league.

“The joy of playing alongside my son Tino can never be compared to anything in the world. It is undoubtedly every father’s dream to have a direct impact on their son’s career. With Tino, I have had the privilege to not only share with him the natural bond between a father and a son but l have managed to bond with him in an area of mutual interest which is the soccer field. We have also had an amazing understanding of each other’s type of play resulting in a great combination which has culminated in either scoring opportunities for the team or direct scores from us as a pair.”

Benza is optimistic that his side will prevail in the Chibuku Super Cup final.

“It’s very fulfilling to be one of the outstanding teams in the league so far. We have had a very fair assessment of our team’s performance and we can confidently state that we have definitely grown bigger and much better.”

“The impending Chibuku Super Cup final win will be the icing on the cake. It will simply be a reinforcement of how formidable the team is . It is also going to serve as an unveiling and exposure of the super soccer stars that the team has. The cup belongs to us and we are not moved.”

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