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Benjani Explains Why He Is Not At AFCON

Benjani Explains Why He Is Not At AFCON

Former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari has revealed the reason why he decided to work as an analyst for the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament with leading South African sports television channel SuperSport TV.

Speaking to Chronicle from Johannesburg, Mwaruwari said after recovering from COVID-19, he considered it not prudent to join up with the squad in Cameroon a day or two before the start of the tournament as this could have destabilised the squad.

The former Portsmouth, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers striker has been on SuperSport TV, analysing AFCON games alongside the likes of Nigerian Augustine “Jay-Jay” Okocha and former Bafana Bafana midfielder Teko Modise since the start of the tournament.

Mwaruwari said it would have been unfair for him to join the Warriors in Cameroon when he had not been involved in preparing the squad for the tournament. He said:

It’s always an honour to serve my country at any given time, but after coming out of isolation, I felt it was best that I don’t travel to Cameroon because there is not much that I could have done since I was recovering from COVID-19 when they were preparing.

If I had travelled, I would have arrived a day or two before the start of the tournament and professionally, there was little I could do as that would have been the first time for me to get the programme.

I believe coach Norman Mapeza and the technical team are doing a good job at AFCON and I’ll be able to join them for future assignments from the planning phase right up to the last stages.

Mwaruwari failed to travel with the national team after testing positive for COVID-19 when the squad went into camp on Christmas eve.

He was expected to join the national team in Cameroon after self-isolation but chose to take up the punditry role with SuperSport TV instead.

Mapeza is working with Mandla Mpofu and Tawurayi Mangwiro as his assistants, with Energy Murambadoro as his goalkeepers’ coach.

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6 Comments

Moses Gwaunza 5 months ago

Go soccer team we are proud of you


MaFyt 5 months ago

Ndipo unonzwa umwe achiti hee kamambo this kamambo that, refering to someone who knows only money not the proffession at hand
Check this out @BENJANI "If I had travelled, I would have arrived a day or two before the start of the tournament and professionally, there was little I could do as that would have been the first time for me to get the programme."

Ndipo panoti proffessional rinoziva exactly whats needed for the game, kunzwisisa team, their needs & current position/status before vukuring

welldone Benji, Viva NOMARA Viva #Warriors


Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Benjamin akuraridza kuti kubva paka selected ma players achiuya mu camp nomara akazviita na tau nampofu benji asipo


Brian 5 months ago

Asi zifa iri right here vangangoti huya kwasara nguva diki kuita coach hant ndiwe unotanga kutopinda mu camp hr


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

BENJANI'S COMMENTS ARE SENSIBLE. HE HAD NOT JOINED THE SQUAD FROM THE BEGINNING, SELECTING, PREPARATIONS AND TRAVELLING. I ALSO FEEL THAT HIS LATE APPEARANCE WOULD HAVE DESTABILISED THE SQUAD.

ON THE POSITIVES, OUR SQUAD MATCHED SENEGAL IN ALL DEPARTMENTS MAN FOR MAN AND BLOW FOR A BLOW. GO WARRIORS GO.

LET US GIVE COACH MAPEZA TIME TO JELLY WITH YOUNG PLAYERS HE HAS INFUSED WITH THE LIKES OF KNOWLEDGE MUSONA.

AND AS FOR BENJANI MWARUWARI, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR YOU. ENJOY YOUR AFCON ANALYSES WITH SUPERSPORT TV. IF ZIFA CALLS YOU AGAIN, PLEASE ACCEPT THE CALL. ZIMBABWE NEEDS YOUR EXPERTISE IN SOCCER.

{ GO BENJY GO }

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER }


Brian 5 months ago

Haaa vakadyiwa havo bt what e performance kunyanya mhari kuda kuzoti mane warawara mukana uripo Malawi ne Gabon haaa kukwatura



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