By Griffiths Ncube
FORMER Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari is ready to put his recently acquired coaching badges to use by coaching the national senior men’s soccer team, the Warriors.
The 42-year-old former Manchester City striker made the revelation during ZTN’s weekly football show, The Couch, on Tuesday.
“Of course I will take it,” Benjani said after being asked if he would take the offer to coach the Warriors.
“In terms of coaching, there are a lot of things you must have. One of them is that you must be lucky. As a former footballer, 90 percent of the things being done, it is easy and you already know it.
“They teach you how to manage players, they teach you a lot of things, things that didn’t matter to you when you were still a player,” the UK-based Benjani said.
Benjani also indicated that he preferred local coaches to take charge as they tend to know local players and football dynamics better.
“I prefer a local guy even though I now have the badges. That way we will be supporting the former players,” said Benjani.
It is probably the perfect time for Benjani to make his position clear, considering that Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic is in the spotlight following a poor run of results in Afcon qualifiers, Chan and Cosafa.
The Warriors this year will play World Cup qualifiers against South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana, before the Afcon finals in January next year. □