Celtic's Benyu joins Helsingborgs and gets Zimbabwe call

By Connor Gordon

February 26, 2019

Eyebrows will have been raised by some when Kundai Benyu was called up by Zimbabwe.

The African side’s under-23 squad want the Celtic outcast for their Cup of Nations matches.

Furthermore, he has managed to get himself a shock loan move to Sweden with Helsingborgs.

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On paper, it appears the Hoops gaffer isn’t a fan of the attacking midfielder he brought in 2017.

Kundai Benyu in action for Oldham Athletic. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

He is playing very little first team football and got experience out on-loan to Oldham Athletic last season.

Since then, he’s been milling around the reserves and isn’t even close to making the first team squad.

Celtic have an abundance of attacking midfielders, so in fairness it’s been hard to break through.

However, his international call-up presents the question of whether giving the English born player another chance.

ZoomZimbabwe report manager Tonderayi Ndiraya saying: “Having Kundai Benyu available for us is a huge boost for the squad.

Celtic man is a Zimbabwe senior international. (Photo by JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

“We need our top players, who are based in Europe, to help us and I am delighted Kundai has made himself available for selection.”

Helsingborgs coach Per-Ola Ljung said: “We have an aggressively skilled midfielder who can be used both centrally and on the wing and has the qualities that corresponds to our goals.”

Benyu not unfamiliar with international set-up

This will be his first international match for two years following an appearance for the senior squad in a 2019 AFCON qualifier.

Benyu will find himself a lucky Bhoy to be back in any form of an international set-up.

The under 23 side haven’t played a competitive match since 2015 and have only won one in their last eight.

Helsingborgs move may prompt Celtic future. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Ndiraya will be looking for a squad in need of a refreshment and the Helsingborgs man will offer that.

He has been training with experienced players of a much higher calibre and he’ll have learnt a lot from that.

His Celtic career isn’t taking off but he can use this AFCON to boost his international profile and perhaps get a move away from Parkhead.