AFCON star labels Celtic Park the "best atmosphere" he's ever played in

By David Walton

January 11, 2022

Africa Cup of Nations talent Kundai Benyu has labelled Celtic Park “special” and stated it’s the best atmosphere he’s ever experienced in football.

Benyu is currently a part of the Zimbabwe squad for this year’s AFCON competition. Making his first appearance in a 1-0 loss to Senegal yesterday, Benyu didn’t look out of place as he looks to make his mark on the event.

Of course, even if many Celtic fans have long since forgotten him, Benyu was part of the club for 3 years. Making only 4 appearances, he was given the honour of appearing at Celtic Park on 3 occasions.

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His first came against Linfield in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, and that particular cameo appears to have left a lasting affect on him.

Speaking via an interview with the Daily Mail, Benyu said: “It was crazy. It was probably the best moment of my footballing life on the pitch when I came on against Linfield in the Champions League qualifiers.

“I played the last 20 minutes. I looked around as I was coming on and I just saw every seat filled. It was pretty special to get on the pitch. It’s the best atmosphere I’ve ever been involved in.”

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Kundai Benyu appears settled in football after disappointing Celtic career

Fair play to Benyu because he seems to have found himself a home in Iceland. He’s currently featuring in the top-tier over there with Vestri, and appears to be having a fine debut campaign so far.

Of course, you can’t avoid the fact that his Celtic career was more or less an abomination. Shipped out to the likes of Oldham and Helsingborgs, he never managed to bridge the gap between reserve team and first team.

His departure in 2020 didn’t surprise anyone. Mainly because not many even knew he had gone. He had long isnce been forgotten about, with the Hoops effectively wheeling him out the back door.

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When he signed under Brendan Rodgers, we thought we had one of the brightest talents in England’s lower leagues. Instead, Benyu never came close to matching the heights expected of him.

But it’s nice to see he remembers some moments from his Celtic time fondly. It’s never nice to have players leave on a sour note. Clearly, Benyu wasn’t happy with his Celtic departure. But he still cherishes certain memories from his time in Scotland.

That just goes to show the effect Celtic can have on someone.

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