Mhlauri inspiring football players through poultry business

Former Warriors coach Charles Mhlauri is now into poultry farming after returning from the USA.

Mhlauri spent twelve years in America where he was the director of coaching at a soccer academy before coming home to start a chicken project in Bulawayo.

Speaking to Thandazani Zimbwa of Television Sport Media, the two-time PSL winning coach said his project should be a reminder to both former and current players that they need forward planning as football careers don’t last long.

“When I was coaching, I used to tell my players to plan ahead,” said Mhlauri. “All teams I have coached, I always told my players to go back to school or get a qualification because soccer life has a short life span.

“I have seen professionals, not only in Zimbabwe but the world over, who make millions but when their careers end, it becomes a pathetic scenario.”

Mhlauri says he has been leading by example and brought some players to his farm so that they get a reality check.

“I always try to lead by example, I have brought a few of my players here, and I would love to see them doing the same thing.

“I’m happy with Mkupali Masuku who is doing well in Gwanda. To me, that’s good planning, and I want all these players to have a life after their soccer careers.

“We can do better if we can equip them with the right education,” he added.

Mhlauri who also coached Amazulu and Masvingo United won back-to-back titles with CAPS United before leading the Warriors to their second-ever Afcon tournament in 2006. He is still in football and now has an academy in the USA called CM International.

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