Benjani Mwaruwari raring to go in SA
By Ramatsiyi Moholoa
Former Manchester City striker Benjani Mwaruwari believes BidVest Wits will be one of the clubs to watch out for in the Absa Premiership title race this season.
“We have assembled a formidable team capable of achieving that,” said the well-travelled Mwaruwari, who is one of the household names acquired by big spenders Wits this season.
“When Wits management approached me, they presented their vision, which is to win trophies. I came to Wits because I also want to win. I will contribute to the success of the club. We are working as a team to ensure that we will all be happy with our performance at the end of the season.
“The league is the bigger picture for us, but that does not mean we won’t challenge for the three Premier Soccer League competitions on offer.”
Mwaruwari felt that a more consistent display would also improve their support base.
“We want to take Wits back to glory days where they used to challenge the big clubs like Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns,” said the former Jomo Cosmos striker who has also played for Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland and Portsmouth in England.
Other players recruited by Wits’s new coach Gavin Hunt include Moeneeb Josephs, Keamogetse Wolff and Matthew Booth.
“We played well in the first game against Platinum Stars [a 0-0 draw]; we should have scored two or three goals. We are working on that,” said Mwaruwari.
Wits co-director George Mogotsi is equally confident the Clever Boys will offer free soccer lessons to rivals this season.
“It’s going to be one hell of an exciting season for us, it reminds me of the days of Frank McGrelish, Mike Mangena, Basil Gwangwa, Mike Ntombela and Dave Watersson.” Sowetan