BENJANI Mwaruwari’s coaching competency will go under a serious test when his Ngezi Platinum Stars face high-flying Dynamos at Baobab on Saturday.
The Undertaker, as Benjani is fondly known in football circles, began his stint with a 1-1 draw at Bulawayo Chiefs, at the weekend.
Denver Mukamba saved what could have been a bad start for the former Warriors captain when he snatched an equaliser, with five minutes remaining, on the clock.
Benjani conceded they struggled in the first half but regained control in the second, which saw them getting the crucial goal.
He was content with a point, despite playing a struggling Chiefs, who had recorded back-to-back defeats.
And, Benjani now faces a huge task when they host Dynamos, who are enjoying a purple patch.
Tonderai Ndiraya’s men have gone five games without tasting defeat.
DeMbare’s strike force has been menacing of late, scoring nine goals in their previous five games.
One of their youthful forwards, Bill Antonio, has been receiving rave reviews after scoring a beautiful goal in their 2-1 win over Black Rhinos on Sunday.
Ghanaian import, Emmanuel Paga, is also another player Benjani needs to keep under control. DeMbare’s strikeforce is a mixture of youth and experience and includes the likes of Marin Ofori, Alex Orotomal, Evans Katema and Tatenda Makanda.
Ndiraya will also be out to prove a point to his former paymasters where he was dismissed under unclear circumstances.
Ndiraya is, however, worried about Ngezi’s threats. “The next game is a big one, a new challenge, we are going to Ngezi.
“I hope we can get maximum on the road but I’m quite happy with the mentality of the team of getting maximum points at every turn.
“I’m happy with the support we’ve been getting from the fans.
“I’m happy with what we’ve achieved so far, getting 15 points from five games, that is quite remarkable.
“I hope we can continue with that.”
For Benjani, the opposition is the perfect one for him to be accepted by the fans, at this early stage of his dance with Ngezi.