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Zimbabwe Warriors Weakened as Captain Mwaruwari Declares Himself Sidelined

Many of the foreign-based members of the Warriors are known to be unhappy with how the Zimbabwe Football Association is running the sport in the country - most recently hiring a new Belgian coach who was immediately deported

Zimbabwe's Caps United posted a 1-1 draw with Gunners on Wednesday in a Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium in Harare - but the attention of Zimbabwean soccer fans was more focused on the resignation from the Warriors national football team of Benjani Mwaruwari, its captain.

Mwaruwari said he wants to concentrate on his performance with Britain’s Blackburn Rovers. But he is said to have had differences with Norman Mapeza, one of two caretaker coaches in charge until new Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet works out immigration problems, reportedly complaining that Mapeza gave preference to younger players.

Former Lengthens defender Eddy Guri, now playing for FC Cape Town, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye he hopes the Zimbabwe Football Association will put its house in order so as not to lose other nationals plying their trade outside the country, who are unhappy with the way ZIFA adminstrators are running the game.