Benjani gets first managerial role

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Former Manchester City and Jomo Cosmos star Benjani Mwaruwari has landed his first managerial role, with Tinashe Nengomasha joining the Zimbabwean on his coaching staff.  

Earlier this week, Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League outfit Ngezi Platinum Stars unveiled the ex-PSL duo, along with two other tacticians, as their new coaching team. 

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Mwaruwari has been named head coach of the side, and will be assisted by first assistant coach Bongani Mafu and second assistant Takesure Chiragwi, while Nengomasha has been appointed as the new team manager. 

The 43-year-old is the Mhondoro-based club's fifth different head coach in six years.   

Just two days into their new dawn, though, the revamped coaching staff face a setback as the ex-Zimbabwe striker could be forced to wait before he can be allowed in the dugout as he does not have a CAF A licence, according to The Chronicle.

Mwaruwari is understood to have a UEFA A licence, but the domestic league requires that all coaches have CAF accreditation or request a waiver from the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA).  

However, acting ZIFA chief executive Xolisani Gwesela has insisted his office has not received any application from the Mhondoro team for a waiver.  

"I am not commenting on any recent developments in certain clubs, but what I can tell you is that we have not yet received any application for a waiver on any coach who intends to work as a head coach for a Premiership team," Gwesela said, per The Chronicle 

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"Look, our rules and regulations in terms of club licensing requirements state that only coaches with a CAF A licence can be a head coach for a club playing in the Premier Soccer League. 

"Exceptions are only given under special circumstances, that is after an application is made by the club intending to appoint individuals who do not have the requisite qualification.  

"There are special cases in the league which have been addressed, but at the moment no team has come forward with any application pertaining to that issue."

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