PRETORIA University goalkeeper Washington Arubi has been appointed vice-captain of the new-look Warriors.
Coach Klaus Dieter Pagels handed former Dynamos midfielder Denver Mukamba the armband during the Warriors’ international friendly match against Botswana last week on Wednesday.
Pagels said Mukamba would be the substantive captain of the Warriors during his tenure as Warriors coach.
He said he chose Mukamba because of his performance and leadership qualities.
“I have watched Mukamba playing when he was still at Dynamos. He has the leadership qualities.
He works hard and motivates others. He is a good player and I have always admired his qualities.
“Washington Arubi is the vice-captain of this team. He also has good leadership qualities and is a good goalkeeper,” Pagels said.
The German, who took over from Rahman Gumbo last year, got off to a great start as the new Zimbabwe coach after watching his new-look Warriors edge Botswana 2-1 in last week’s international friendly.
Mukamba, who is now playing for South African Premiership side Bidvest University, scored the winning goal as Pagels’ men warmed up for the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Egypt next month with an impressive passing game that endeared him with the fans.
Although the Warriors caught the eye with their offensive display and build-ups, it could not mask their defensive frailties which against better opposition would have been punished.
Pagels’ men have just a single point from their first two matches in Group G against Mozambique and Guinea and need an outright win against Egypt to rescue the faltering campaign.
The Warriors coach has submitted a proposal to Zifa for the Warriors to camp in North Africa ahead of the showdown against the former African champions.
The football association is, however, still to approve the trip to North Africa before the match against the Pharaohs.