FORMER Zimbabwe international forward Benjani Mwaruwari has tipped Ian Gorowa’s Warriors to scale to indomitable heights.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
The ex-Manchester City man has been impressed by an unbeaten streak of six games since Gorowa assumed charge late July.
Although they have failed to post victory in three home games that have all ended in stalemates, the Warriors have conquered in foreign land three times.
Most imposing was the crucial 1-0 away win over hard-to-beat-at-home Zambia to qualify for next January’s African Nations Championships, as well as last week’s 2-1 win over South Africa in an international friendly match.
Benjani has thrown his weight behind the Warriors who he feels can be a strong force in African football.
“The team is good and has the potential to become giants in Africa or even beyond. The future is very bright, we can make it. We just have to blend these youngsters with the experienced guys,” said Benjani.
“We have quality players who can take us far, and let us keep the team intact. However, we might have good players but that is not enough to build a strong team. It is crucial to adequately prepare for all matches and financially motivate the guys. Let us give them all what they need. This is the time that this team needs everyone’s support.”
The 35-year-old was impressed by Chicken Inn midfielder Danny Phiri and Hardlife Zvirekwi during the Warriors friendly against Bafana Bafana.
He also talked about Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat and Willard Katsande’s potential to attract interest from overseas clubs.
The former Grasshoppers, AJ Auxerre and Sunderland striker offered advice to all the players.
“My advice is simple, hard work, determination and discipline always yield positive results. One can be an average player, but the prospect of becoming exceptional comes from hard work and a little bit of luck sometimes,” said Benjani.
A veteran of 44 games in Warriors colours, Mwaruwari now turns out for Wits University in South Africa, after a lengthy stint in Europe that saw him play for English giants Manchester City at his peak.
Warriors captain Denver Mukamba is his teammate at Wits.
“There is no doubt that Denver is talented and good technically. I play with him, and I can see he is a determined boy. It is good that at his age he has been given the responsibility to lead the Warriors and when you are given that task at his age, you grow quickly,” Benjani said.
“He however just needs to work on a few aspects of his game to become a complete player who can play in any league in Europe. That hunger to play and succeed is needed. As a player, you need to fight for the ball everytime and become tough.”