Eddie Mashiri speaks on player management

By Skilder Makona
Former Zimbabwe senior national football team midfielder Eddie Mashiri says player management is critical if footballers are to realise their dreams.
With football activities having been placed on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, former Warriors, Dynamos and Santos midfielder Eddie Mashiri says player management is a critical component in the growth and development of a player.
“Player management plays a major role is monitoring the player, during your playing days, one is bound to be blind on the aspects of life especially after football since their main focus will be on the field and or the next match, hence managers are needed to give direction to players,” he said.
Mashiri, however, said he still has a soft spot for Dynamos and given a chance he would assist the club to return to its former glory when the Glamour Boys were once the big boys of African football.
“It pains me to see Dynamos sink in the mud because now it has become so ordinary a team, if we remove the name DeMbare, it can be relegated. The players that don that blue and white jersey nowadays really don’t know the meaning of that badge unlike the days of Memory Mucherahowa, Chamu Musanhu and others,” he said.
Mashiri, who is now coaching at St George’s College, was one of the leading lights of the famed Dynamos “Kidznet Project” in 2002 and was part of an emerging group of talented footballers from Churchill High which included Cephas Chimedza, Nyasha Chazika, Samson Choruwa and Norman Maroto, just to mention a few.