HARARE – Norman Maroto, a firm favourite at his old club Dynamos in Zimbabwe, has posted on social media of his delight after meeting legendary former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at a training seminar in Switzerland.

Arsenal fan Maroto – who is now involved with the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe – is in Swiss city Zurich alongside two other past players from his homeland who lead the southern African country’s player body.

They are joined by 32 other retired players from across Africa for the course, designed to empower the former stars in their post-playing days.

World famous ex-Arsenal boss Wenger now works for Fifa as the global football governing body’s head of global development, and is attending the Zurich workshop at the organisation’s headquarters.

Former striker Maroto, who joined Zimbabwe’s biggest football club as a Harare schoolboy in the late 90s and remains a popular name among the Glamour Boys faithful, did not miss the opportunity to pose for a photo with Wenger in Zurich.

And he was clearly awestruck by the affable 72-year-old Frenchman, who guided Maroto’s favourite English team in its best era of modern times, leading the Gunners to their last Premiership titles in a phenomenal phase that included a historic unbeaten season in 2003-04.

“Dreams do come true ….For a guy who supports Arsenal, this a massive moment,” Maroto Tweeted of his encounter with Wenger, complete with an image of the smiling pair.


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