Bruce Chikuni, Sports Reporter
Veteran sportscaster Charles ‘CNN’ Mabika has added his voice in applauding ZIFA for appointing former Warriors skipper Benjani Mwaruwari as the national team assistant coach.
On Wednesday, ZIFA announced the appointment of the humble former Manchester City Star as they aim for a fruitful campaign in the bound World Cup Qualifications against South Africa, Ethiopia and Ghana respectively.
In an interview with H-Metro Sport yesterday, Mabika expressed his delight.
“I think this is a positive stride in as far as promoting our legend is concerned. It is not only that he is a former Warriors captain but he was a distinguished player throughout his glittering career. He is someone who contributed immensely and his leadership qualities are unquestionable.
“He has successfully completed his UEFA badge and I think we need to be farsighted, looking at the future at this juncture is of importance. I am not implying that he should or he will take over from the Croat but am upholding the development which ZIFA has made. As we move from now we need to support our own home grown talent. I am happy that Mwaruwari has decided to take this opportunity. I wish nothing but the best from him,” said Mabika.
He added that he was extremely pleased with the Warriors squad which was recently released ahead of the World Cup Qualification game against Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
“The only disappointment from that squad is Prince Dube who was excused by his Club as they argued that he is still recovering from injury. I believe in the name of everyone on that list and I am super confident in these lads.
“It is also disappointed that some of our players based in Europe are still not aware of their fate but am happy with the intervention of FIFA. I am optimistic that something great will come out.”