Former Warriors striker and Ajax Cape Town assistant coach Wilfred “Silver Fox” Mugeyi has revealed that he wants to coach the Zimbabwe senior football team.
The Warriors’ performance in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Guinea and Mozambique, where they lost 1-0 and drew 0-0 respectively, has seen them struggle in a group that also has former African champions Egypt.
The Warriors then bounced back to beat Burundi 1-0 in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last Sunday to go through to the last qualifying stage on the away goals rule.
Mugeyi is sure he could use his experience to make much-needed changes and take the team to the next level.
“I want to coach the national team at some stage, but I’m not in a rush. I understand very well what is required at this level. I am currently working on improving my CV before I can make real moves for the post but if duty was to call, I would not hesitate to take the bull by its horns. I am willing to come in either team or player management and/or as the overall head coach,” said Mugeyi.
He expressed his affection for his country of birth. He rubbished rumours that he had acquired South African citizenship saying he would always be a Zimbabwean and was only in South Africa for work but his heart was always at home in Zimbabwe.
“I only obtained permanent residence to avoid renewing permits yearly. It was affecting my work as I would miss some matches while my permit was being processed. Zimbabwe is my home and I love it. It would be great to work with the likes of Norman Mapeza, Peter Ndlovu and other members of the ‘Dream Team’ to bring back the glory days,” he said.
Commenting on the Warriors’ poor results in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, Mugeyi said the nation had quality players who could beat any team on the continent, but they needed self-respect and respect for the national colours.
“We had a poor start to the qualifiers by losing at home to Guinea. A draw against Mozambique would not have been a bad result if we had beaten Guinea. We must now win against Egypt at all costs and stay close to the leading pack. In these qualifiers, the strategy is to ensure victory at home and try to get positive results away. The likes of Knowledge Musona, Khama Billiat, Willard Katsande and Ovidy Karuru are exceptional young players who only need nurturing,” said Mugeyi - Newsday.