Benjani eyes Warriors post


Retired Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari wants to coach the senior national soccer team in future.

Benjani (33) revealed this during a Press conference yesterday which centred on the testimonial match he is arranging to mark the end of his international football career.

The England-based forward, who is now playing for troubled championship division one side Portsmouth, retired from international football in October 2010 after the Warriors lifeless 0-0 draw against Cape Verde.

Although there have been attempts to lure him from retirement to help the Warriors 2013 Nations Cup bid, the former Zimbabwe skipper said it had coincided with the testimonial match and he would only offer the team moral support.

Flanked by Taurai Muzanenhamo of sport firm Roy Hurst who were mandated to organise the testimonial match, Mwaruwari said as his football career nears an end, he aimed for life in the dugout as coach.

I would love to coach the Warriors one day. Im already having coaching badges, said Mwaruwari, who holds a Level Two coaching licence.
He, however, said he would remain at Portsmouth despite the problems besetting the club which could go into administration.

I am a Portsmouth player through and through. I will remain with them, he said.

Asked about his testimonial match, the Zimbabwean star said he had lined up a galaxy of current and retired international stars including the likes of Didier Drogba, Nwanko Kanu, Jay-Jay Okocha, Michael Essien, Chris Katongo, Lucas Radebe, Bruce Grobbelaar, Stephen Pienaar and Yakubu to be part of the squad .

The stars will play against the Warriors on May 26 at the National Sports Stadium which Zimbabwe will use as part of their preparations for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The second most high-profile match to be hosted by Zimbabwe after playing five-time world champions Brazil, will have its proceeds going to the Benjani Mwaruwari Foundation a charity trust which is setting up a football academy in Bulawayo to develop future Warriors and Mighty Warriors for the country.

Mwaruwari was scheduled to leave for England late yesterday to resume duty with his club after having been allowed days off to enable him to arrange this high-profile match.