12 March 2019
HERENTALS owner-cum-player, Innocent Benza, says he is looking forward to silencing critics and making history in the Premier Soccer League.
In Herentals’ debut season in 2018, Benza made history becoming the oldest player in the Premiership and further went on register a goal breaking both records that had been held by the late Benson Soko who played for Wankie (now Hwange) at 43 in 1998.
Benza turns 47 in May.
Herentals also did justice in their maiden year that saw them punching above their weight finishing at a respectable position above CAPS and Dynamos among other big teams.
Benza says he is going nowhere and is ready for the 2019 season set to kick off March 30. He says Herentals are out to prove a point again and define the odds once more.
“Definitely with no doubt, I will be in action this season. We are busy preparing ourselves to have a better season this year. Our pre-season is going on well.”
With both Harare City’s Tendai Samanja and Yadah’s Brian Mapfumo hanging their boots earlier this year, it’s a different story for Benza who believes he still has a lot to give.
Both Samanja and Mapfumo are a decade younger than Benza.
Benza believes age is just a number and what will make him hang his boots will be his legs not his age.
“I believe we cross the bridge when we get there. For now I am focusing on 2019. We will talk about the next season when we get there.
“I am self-motivated and I believe that is I set targets I should haunt then and get them. The zeal to be bigger and better keeps me going.”
Benza added that they are looking forward to do better than 2018 with eyes set on a possible top four finish.
“Last year we did well. We did what many didn’t expect from us. We worked hard to attract that and this year we have set our targets.
“I don’t want to put pressure to my fellow team mates and we are taking everything as it comes. We want to improve our log standings and points as well. Basically we want continue performing well,” he said.