Benjani Mwaruwari lands Warriors coaching job

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Former Jomo Cosmos striker Benjani Mwaruwari has been appointed the third national team assistant coach for Zimbabwe.

The former Warriors captain, who led the national team at the 2006 Afcon finals, is expected to take up his new role ahead of Zimbabwe’s tie against South Africa in a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Harare next Friday.

Mwaruwari, together with Tonderayi Ndiraya and Lloyd Chitembwe, will assist Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic.

“The Executive Committee received a progress report from the Technical and Development Committee with regards to all matches played in 2021. The Exco resolved that the technical teams will remain unchanged. The Exco further resolved to augment the Warriors’ technical team by appointing Benjani Mwaruwari as an Assistant Coach. The appointment is with immediate effect,” Zifa communications manager Xolisai Gwesela confirmed.

The former Portsmouth and Manchester City forward recently attained his Uefa A coaching licence.

Mwaruwari retired from professional football in 2014 after stints in South Africa, France and England and has taken a backseat from football. He recently expressed interest in taking up a coaching role in Europe.

“My wish now is to be involved be it at an academy or as an assistant coach at some club around in Europe,” Mwaruwari said. “Maybe, two years down the line, then I may consider coming back home.”

After hosting Bafana, the Warriors will then visit Ethiopia on October 6 to complete the first round of fixtures.

Zifa announced a 29-man provisional squad for the opening match against South Africa. Meanwhile, ZIFA remains hopeful that all the players called up will be available including those from the United Kingdom.

“The Executive Committee was also notified that there were challenges in the release of players by some Clubs in the United Kingdom. The Association is making frantic efforts for these players to be released for national duty. We have been assured by FIFA that the global football governing body is firm in the interpretation and implementation of its decisions and rules.

“The release of the national team players is mandatory for all clubs for this September 2021 window. The clubs are fully aware of the FIFA regulations and the consequences of non-compliance with the applicable regulatory framework,” Gwesela said.

Logarusic has called Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, Brendon Galloway of Plymouth Argyle, Bournemouth’s Jordan Zemura, Wigan’s Tendayi Darikwa, Admiral Muskwe of Luton Town and Macauley Bonne, who turns out for Ipswich Town.

Zimbabwe is on the United Kingdom’s Covid-19 red list zone and there were reports that the England-based players would not be released.

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By FARPost Reporter