Shereni goes into business

Former Warriors defender, Harlington Shereni, who also played club football in France, is in the process of establishing his own business.

Harlington Shereni
Harlington Shereni

Shereni, who featured for a number of clubs in France – among them Strasbourg and FC Nantes and Swiss club SA Delemont, said he was weighing a number of business options, but ruled out any involvement with football.

The former Dynamos defender said he could only help the game that made him popular by linking youngsters who show potential with his former coaches in Europe.

He said he would have also tried out for a position with the Zimbabwe Football Association, had the association’s name not been soiled to the extent that very few would want to work for it.

“I am out of football. I know it will be difficult but that is my decision. I am looking at certain business ventures to see which route I can take,” said Shereni, who played for the Warriors at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt. He said the Warriors failed on the international front largely because of the fights between the players and national football controlling body, Zifa.

“There are differences every day. The main problem is and has been money. Funds should be made available long before a game, and agreed upon as to how much the players will be paid long before the match is played,” he said.

He dismissed the claim by Zifa that they were not getting government support and said governments all over the world only came in to complement what the association would have raised from their various sponsors.

“In other countries, there are sponsors for travel, sponsors for kit and sponsors for accommodation, but that is not happening here. Something is wrong somewhere. The sponsors are there but the approach is wrong,” said Shereni.

As long as the association did not put its house in order, Zimbabwe would not make the Nations Cup trip as they did in 2004 and 2006, he added.

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