The incident, which involved Mwanjali and teammate Archford Gutu, allegedly took place following a nightclub brawl, reportedly over a woman.
The footballers are alleged to have stabbed a Harare man in the stomach. Both men were detained at the Milton Police Station in the capital, according to The Herald.
Mwanjali, a former national captain, is currently the captain of Zimbabwe’s Caps United Football Club after returning to Zimbabwe last year following a five-year stint playing in SA at Mpumalanga Black Aces and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Caps United spokesperson Alois Bunjira was quoted telling the daily newspaper that the club would stand by its players until the court matter has been concluded.
“We don’t condone violence at the club. The matter will be dealt with at the club internally once the law has taken its full course,” he told the publication.
“They have given us their side of the story and from what we heard it was a brawl which wasn’t started by themselves and they were only defending themselves following the provocation.”
Zimbabwe National Police Spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the altercation was started in the parking lot of the Longcheng Plaza Shopping Mall between 3.30am and 4.30am on Sunday when the victim allegedly blocked in the care Mwanjali and Gutu were travelling in.
“Gutu then got off the car and smashed the windscreen of the Toyota Altezza and a dispute ensued. Mwanjali came in and joined in the dispute, took a knife from the car and stabbed the driver of the Altezza twice in the stomach,” Nyathi was quoted saying.
“The other passengers in the Altezza got involved and Mwanjali and Gutu fled the scene. The driver of the Altezza was then ferried to Parirenyatwa [Hospital] after first reporting the incident to the police. Mwanjali and Gutu later handed themselves over to the police and they are in police custody.”