IT’S signed and sealed!
Benjani Mwaruwari has agreed a four-year deal to become the next substantive Ngezi Platinum Stars head coach.
The 44-year-old former Warriors captain will replace Rodwell Dhlakama, who quit the Mhondoro miners, after he was suspended over an in-house issue.
Benjani’s recruitment is a huge statement of intent, for the ambitious Mashonaland West side, who have never hidden their interest in winning the league championship.
No club from Mashonaland West has ever won the championship even though Rio Tinto came very close in 1983, after finishing with the same number of points to Dynamos, only to lose to the Glamour Boys, because of an inferior goal difference.
It’s also a huge statement by the domestic Premiership, which has been battling to lure fans back to the stadiums, given that the recruitment of someone like Benjani, to join their stable, shows there is still life in the top-flight league.
H-Metro believe Benjani will be joined by Bongani Mafu, who is the current coach at Division One side Hwange, with the former Bosso coach coming in as one of The Undertaker’s assistants.
Current caretaker coach, Takesure “Deco” Chiragwi, is also set to be retained as one of the assistants while reports last night suggested Tinashe Nengomasha, another former Warriors star, will come in as the new team manager.
The line-up of the coaching staff should have included Joel Luphahla, in what would have been a reunion of the pioneer Warriors, who had the privilege to become the first group of locals to feature at the AFCON finals, in 2004.