Birth date 13 Aug 1978 (39 years)
Nationality Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Position Forward
Team history
Bidvest Wits 2013 - 2014
Chippa United F.C. 2012 - 2013
Portsmouth 2011 - 2012
Blackburn Rovers 2010 - 2011
Sunderland 2010 (loan)
Man City 2008 - 2010
Portsmouth 2006 - 2008
Auxerre 2002 - 2006
Grasshopper-Club Zurich 2001 - 2002 (loan)
Jomo Cosmos 1999 - 2002

Benjamin “Alessio” Mwaruwari, commonly known as Benjani, is a Zimbabwean international football player who currently features for the English Premier League club Manchester City. He is a striker and is considered as the best player of Zimbabwean football.

Benjani received his first big break in 1999 when he was signed by Jomo Cosmos of South Africa. In 2002 after one year on loan to Swiss powerhouse Grasshoppers, he was signed by French side AJ Auxerre. He scored 39 goals in 72 league appearances for Auxerre and in 2006 was signed by Premiership side Portsmouth.

Benjani was a huge hit at Fratton Park as he managed 29 goals in 70 Premiership matches and was a crowd favourite at Pompey.

Benjani completed his 4 million pound transfer from Portsmouth to Manchester City in February 2008 after a protracted winter transfer. He missed two successive flights from Portsmouth to Manchester on the last day of the winter transfer window and when he did reach there, there was insufficient time for the completion of the move. The issue was then transferred to concerned authorities who eventually game the green signal for the move to go ahead.

Benjani made quite an impression for Man City in the second half of the 2007-2008 season as he hit three goals in 13 Premiership matches.

Benjni made his international debut for Zimbabwe in 1998 and has scored 43 goals in 43 international matches for his nation so far. He is the current captain of Zimbabwe and has been so since the end of the 2006 African Cup of Nations.

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