Benjamin Mwaruwari Benjani
b. Harare (Zimbabwe) 13 August 1978
Debut 18 September 2010 (32y 36d) Final Game 30 April 2011 (32y 260d)
First Goal 30 October 2010 Final Goal 5 January 2011
CAREER: Mhali PS (Bulwayo);Magwegwe SS;Young Bloods (Bulwayo);Chegutu Pirates;Lulu Rovers ’95;Zimba Africa Rivers ’96;University of Zimbabwe ’98;Air Zimbabwe Jets;Jumo Cosmos ’99;Grasshoppers Zurich (Switzerland) ’01;AJ Auxerre (France) ’02;Portsmouth Jan’06 (£4,100,000)[49+8-19];Manchester City Jan’08 (£4,500,000)[21+2-4];Sunderland Feb’10 (loan)[1+7];Blackburn Rovers Aug’10 (free);Portsmouth Aug’11-Jun’12 (free)[6+11-1];Chippa United (South Africa) Feb’13-Apr’13;Bidvest Wits (South Africa) Jul’13-May’14.
INTERNATIONALS Zimbabwe 41 apps 9 gls
’99 v Mwi,SAf.’00 v Eri(s),Swz,Sen(s),Sen,Eri(s),Gui,Sey.’01 v Saf(s),Sey 1gl,SAf,Les,Les 1gl,Gha 1gl,Les 1gl,Mwi 1gl,,SAf(s),,DRC 1gl.’02 v Ang,Swz.’03 v Eri,Sey,Sey.’05 v Nig,Ang 1gl,Alg,Rwa 1gl,Nig 1gl.’06 v Sen,Nig,Gha 1gl.’07 v Mal,Mor,Mor.’08 v Gui,Nam,Ken,Ken.’10 v Bra.’11 vCaV.
SQUAD NUMBER 21 Aug’10
PL 6 + 12 apps 3 gls - 7 wdn 25ns
FAC 1 + 1 apps - 1 wdn 1 ns
FLC 1 app - 1 wdn
Total 8 + 13 apps 3 gls - 9 wdn +316m -266m 26ns
Strike rate 257 mins
The son of Malawian parents, he was brought up in the Magwegwe district of Bulwayo where he played football at a low key level until he signed for the South African side, Jumo Cosmos, in 1999. A powerful striker, he improved rapidly with exposure to better class football and in 2001 took the decision to come to Europe. In Zurich and later with Auxerre he established himself as a goal scorer and a positive influence on games. During his spell in France he twice helped his side win the French Cup. Although he spoke seven languages, they were all African except for English so it was an incentive to enter the Premier League with Portsmouth. He proved a capable goal scorer but never repeated this when he moved to Manchester City. He was troubled by progressive injuries and it was a measure of the Rovers’ lack of funds and desperation for a striker that he was offered terms after a trial at the club. He refused the offer of a new contract with the club in 2011, and signed for Portsmouth. He appeared to have retired after the season ended but in September signed for the South African club Super Sport United. However the deal collapsed and in January 2013 he was back at Portsmouth, helping train the strikers.
Edited by Kamy100