BY HENRY MHARA
ZIFA is pulling all stops to make sure that Warriors prevail in their upcoming engagements after they yesterday added former national team striker Benjani Mwaruwari to the technical bench.
The 43-year-old former Manchester City player, who recently acquired a Uefa A licence, was appointed as assistant to head coach Zdravko Logarušić.
The Undertaker, as he was affectionately known, becomes the third assistant in the national team set-up alongside Tonderai Ndiraya and Lloyd Chitembwe.
The decision was made by the Zifa executive (Exco) after its meeting at the weekend. It announced the appointment in a statement yesterday.
“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.”
Mwaruwari begins his tenure next week when he is expected to join the Warriors in camp to prepare for the World Cup qualifiers.
Zimbabwe host South Africa at the National Sports Stadium next Friday, before travelling to Ethiopia four days later.
Mwaruwari’s appointment was one of the major resolutions passed by the Zifa executive board at the weekend.
They also resolved to set up a fundraising committee to mobilise funds towards Warriors’ participation at the Africa Cup of Nations finals next year.
“The committee will be provisionally chaired by chairman of the finance committee, Phillemon Machana.
“Other members of the committee include executive committee nember, Sugar Chagonda, and Warriors captain Knowledge Musona.
“Musona will also be signatory to the fundraising bank account for transparency. The other member of the committee is the general manager of national teams, Wellington Mupandare. Additional members of the committee will be announced in due course and this will see Machana moving to the position of vice-chairperson. The Exco resolved that transparency will be the hallmark of the committee and every cent will be accounted for,” Zifa said.
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