Former Warriors striker and captain Benjani Mwaruwari has dismissed as a false an article which appeared in the weekly publication, The Standard, which claimed that he was unhappy with the way Zifa President Phillip Chiyangwa was running the association. In the interview, Benjani is quoted as saying that he was going to challenge Chiyangwa for the ZIFa presidency.
However, in the Herald today, Benjani dismisses the story saying:
…Secondly, during my stay here at home I have not given any interview to any journalist on any issues and I have received a number of requests for interviews but I couldn’t do them because of my tight schedule.
Thirdly, the report claiming that I gave an indepth interview to any journalist saying that I’m unhappy with Chiyangwa or the way football is being run in this country is not true because I never said that and it’s just a creation which has nothing to do with me.
The report claims I gave the interview from my base in South Africa but you only need to go to the airport in Harare to get confirmation that I have not returned to South Africa since I landed there to attend Edzai’s funeral.
I have been in Harare all along, attending to some business, and it’s sad that some people want to use my name in the politics of football in this country and I will not accept that because I am not a controversial figure and people should not put words into my mouth and then tell the world that it’s Benjani saying this and that.
…How can I be meeting Chiyangwa on the same day someone says I am in South Africa criticising the same person I would be meeting? “I am not a person who likes controversy and I don’t know why my name is being dragged into all the politics in Zimbabwe football to the extent of creating stories that I said this and that when I never gave such interviews.