Mwaruwari open to Warriors return


Despite being sacked with the entire technical team 18 days after his appointment, Benjani Mwaruwari says he has no qualms with Zifa and will be open to returning to the Warriors fold some day.

The former Manchester City striker was appointed Warriors assistant coach ahead of the Bafana Bafana tie earlier this month before being axed three weeks later as Zifa dissolved the technical team.

“(I have) no qualms whatsoever. In any case, what happened was normal in any normal football situation,” Mwaruwari said.

The man assigned to take over on an interim basis Norman Mapeza picked his own assistants – Mandla Mpofu of Highlanders and Triangle’s Taurai Mangwiro – snubbing the former Jomo Cosmos forward.

“Norman (Mapeza) had to be given the prerogative to choose his own assistants. He is a local coach who knows the terrain very well, having also coached the squad before, so it was only fair to let him hunt with his trusted dogs.

“Mapeza knows the players as well, so he has to fight the battle with his trusted soldiers and he has to be given that opportunity.

“It is normal in coaching for a head coach to have his own trusted lieutenants.”

The former Warriors captain Mwaruwari added that he was fully behind Mapeza, insisting it was all about Zimbabwe, and not individuals.

Mapeza’s first assignment comes on October 6 when the Warriors face Ghana’s Black Stars away in a Group G World Cup qualifier.

The Warriors will then host the Black Stars in Harare three days later. Zimbabwe will play their penultimate group game away to South Africa on November 11, before hosting Ethiopia three days later.

When Mwaruwari was appointed into the national team set-up, he indicated that he wanted to use the spell to learn as he had just graduated from coaching class.

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By FARPost Reporter