Good feelings all around with the appointment of Benjani as third Assistant Coach

By Terrence Mwedzi

The appointment of former Warriors captain Benjani ‘The Undertaker’ Mwaruwari this week as the third assistant coach is a welcome development.

Sure l feel happy to see him in the administration, and his appointment came at a time when the Warriors were struggling to impress football-loving fans.

This after the Warriors fell off both from the COSAFA and CHAN tournaments this year and l think the ZIFA did the right thing.

I am sure that ‘The Undertaker’ has more to offer and as soccer fans – we should not rush to judge him.

The former Warriors Captain completed his UEFA A coaching licence recently in Ireland and his love for football is fabulous.

Let us not sabotage him.

I strongly feel that his vast knowledge in the game of football may change the face of our football and boost the players’ confidence in the long run.

Local head coaches and assistant coaches always win the hearts of many.

It is public knowledge that Benjani was one of the more colourful of our national players and enjoyed a long career in football playing for the biggest UEFA teams and that’s why many people (me included) are happy about his new appointment as the Warriors third assistant coach.

Right now, there are many loopholes in the football fraternity and l am very confident that his input will change things for the better.

Benjani is regarded as one of the greatest African soccer players of all time – at least by Zimbabwean standards – playing for many football clubs like Jomo Cosmos, Grasshopper of Switzerland, Auxerre in France, Portsmouth, Manchester City, Blackburn, Chippa United and Bidvest Wits.

He shined during tough times at Portsmouth and went on to play in England’s top flight for non-other than Manchester City, as well as another stint at Sunderland. His football record is awesome that’s why l am not doubting him. He is now following the coaching path-which is not bad.

Remember, he played more than 30 games for the Warriors and was the captain of those matches. We saw it, we see it and we will continue to see it.

At least he started from somewhere and l am not surprised by his appointment.

Personally – I feel that we need him to be the Warriors head coach in the very near future. A lot of work needs to done on the ground.

Benjani knows what we want as football-loving fans – and he has never hidden his burning desire to coach our national team.

Zimbabwe will host South Africa in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at the National Sports Stadium next week and l hope to see more improvements and changes when it comes to performance. We must qualify for the World Cup this time.

Let’s hope all the UK-based- players who called for the national duty will be available to make the job of our coach much easier.

We don’t want to be forced to use plan B at the last minute because we don’t want poor results this time. The Warriors technical team is having some challenges in getting England-based players after the Premier League said it will not be releasing players to travel to Covid-19 red list countries – (Zimbabwe included)

Furthermore, Benjani means business in football circles and should share some notes with Loga. Teamwork is paramount and the World Cup qualifier games should be taken seriously. It’s time to deliver.

The FIFA and CAF should continue to plead to the UK government to release players to represent their own country.We want our boys home-this is a serious issue. The UK should not try to sabotage us and kill the zeal we have for the game of football through making barbaric statements and playing the delay games.

As fans we will also stick to LOGA’s words. No funny excuses this time – about bats and things.

Some weeks ago, Logarusic promised to silence those mounting critics.

“Look, call me again after September, and then we talk. All the people who are saying, CoachLoga, Coach Loga, will eat their words…” he said.

If truth be told, Benjani means business in football circles and should share some notes with LOGA to make things more viable in football spheres.

Teamwork is paramount and the World Cup qualifier games should be taken seriously. It’s time to deliver.

GO WARRIORS GO!!!

 

Terrence Mwedzi is a football pundit, poet, and writer. He writes to the Digital Sunday Express in his personal capacity and can be contacted on: +27 61 137 0088. Email: moontafadzwa@gmail.com

 

 

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