‘Knowledge of European football experts critical for African talent development’

By ZBC Reporter

FRANCE based Warriors midfielder, Marshall Munetsi Africa has underscored the importance of tapping into the knowledge of European football experts for African talent to flourish.

The debate on whether it is beneficial to lure European coaches to the African continental rages on, with some saying most of the coaches would have failed in their countries of origin.

However, the majority including most of the players plying their trade in Europe believe there is a lot to learn from the technical expertise of coaches from the top leagues in the world.

In an interview with Soccer Laduma magazine of South Africa, France based Warriors midfielder Marshall Munetsi revealed that he personally benefited from having European experts when he was at Orlando Pirates.

Munetsi, who completed a move from Pirates to Stade de Reims in July last year, says he learnt a lot during his stint with the Buccaneers including from the then head coach Micho, Fitness trainer Stephane Adam and Franck Paine who had worked with French giants Paris St Germain.

He said the exposure gave him an insight on what to expect in Europe and eventually came in handy at Stade de Reims.

The enterprising 24-year-old midfielder has seen his star shining bright, rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s best players such as Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani, to mention but a few.

He has gone on to cement his place in the Warriors set up, with 19 appearances and finding the back of the net once in a crucial 2022 FIFA World cup qualifier against Somalia in September last year.

Besides club accolades at Orlando Pirates, Munetsi has also received a winners medal with the Warriors after lifting the 18th edition of the 2018 COSAFA cup hosted by South Africa.