Zimbabwe have sharpened their swords ahead of their World Cup qualifying battle against Bafana Bafana next week by turning to one of their legends who played for Manchester City.
Benjani Mwaruwari has been brought on board as an assistant to Croatian coach Zdravko Logarusic with immediate effect.
Mwaruwari just recently attained his UEFA A coaching licence as he prepares for a career in coaching and has instantly been tasked with duties as a third assistant in a technical team that already has Tonderai Ndiraya and former Hellenic midfielder Lloyd Chitembwe.
The retired forward is expected to be part of the Warriors technical team for the 2022 World Cup qualifying games against Bafana Bafana at home and Ethiopia away.
Mwaruwari’s appointment has been confirmed by ZIFA.
There has been a push to ouster Logarusic in recent weeks following a dismal showing at the COSAFA Cup, but ZIFA have kept him in charge after completing the qualification path for the AFCON finals to be played in Cameroon.
The 43-year-old is familiar with South Africa having been a hit when he played for Jomo Cosmos at the turn of the millennium before returning to finish off his career at Chippa United and BidVest Wits after over a decade in Europe playing in Switzerland, France and England.
He was the 2000/01 PSL Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season.
Zimbabwe have already named their strongest possible squad for the Bafana Bafana game despite the uncertainty of players from the United Kingdom travelling for the match.