Benjani Mwaruwari

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Benjani Mwaruwari
Benjani Mwaruwari, Zimbabwean Football
Benjani Mwaruwari
BornBenjani Mwaruwari
(1978-08-13)August 13, 1978
Bulawayo
NationalityZimbabwe
EducationMhali Primary School
Occupation
  • Footballer.
Notable workPlayed for and Captained the Zimbabwe National Soccer Team
PredecessorPeter Ndlovu
Spouse(s)Thembi
ChildrenColines, Benjani Junior, Belle and Tiyezhe
Parent(s)Amos Mwaruwari

Benjani "Undertaker" Mwaruwari is a Zimbabwean born former footballer. He has played for various clubs in Europe, clubs such as Auxerre of France and Manchester City of England. He also had an outstanding career with the Zimbabwe National Soccer Team known as the Warriors.

Background

Benjani was born on August 13, 1978 to Malawian parents. His father Amos Mwaruwari passed away in 2015.[1] He is married to Thembi and the couple has four children

Coaching Qualifications

Benjani Mwaruwari completed his UEFA A coaching licence in 2021. He was in the same class with ex-professional footballers Christopher Samba and Mark Hughes.[2]

Football career

Benjani started his football career at Young Blood, then joined Highlanders Football Club juniors before moving to Lulu Rovers Football Club and eventually Air Zimbabwe Jets.[1] He got his big break when he signed for Jomo Cosmos of South Africa. Benjani did not play long for Cosmos as he made a move to join Grasshoppers Zurich in Switzerland.[3] From then on Benjani played for many other clubs around Europe such as Manchester City and Auxerre. He also had a very impressive international career with the Warriors scoring crucial goals. One of his career highlights was when he scored one of the goals at the Africa Cup Of Nations against Ghana. Mwaruwari was also captain of the Warriors up to the time that he retired.[4] In total Benjani has 44 caps with the national team scoring 22 goals in the process. When Mwaruwari stopped playing in England, he came to South Africa where he wound up his football career playing for Bidvest Wits. He has played along some of the best footballers to play the game of football, the list includes Nwanku Kanu, Robinho, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Sol Campbell, Djibril Cisse and Kalilou Fadiga.[5]

Benjani was also part of the Clemence Westerhof coached Zimbabwe U23 team.

Accolades

  • Premier Soccer League Player of the year (South Africa 2001)
  • 2000 COSAFA Cup Winner

Trivia

On 25 September 2002, Benjani became the first Zimbabwean to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League.[6]

Clubs Played for

  • AJ Auxerre FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Portsmouth FC
  • Jomo Cosmos FC
  • Highlanders Football Club
  • Blackburn Rovers FC
  • Sunderland FC
  • Bidvest Wits
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Return to Pompey as Academy Coach

MWaruwari coached Portsmouth's under-16s whilst he was doing the UEFA badges. Benjani assisted Shaun North in coaching sessions on a twice-weekly basis to meet Uefa A licence criteria. He was at Portsmouth FC for more than six weeks, enabling him to fulfil requirements of 40 hours of practical work. [7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Benjani Mwaruwari, family and football, Bulawayo 24News, Published: April 6, 2013, Retrieved: February 13, 2015
  2. Eddie Chikamhi, Benjani gets his UEFA A badge, The Herald, Published: July 22, 2021, Retrieved: August 12, 2021
  3. The Truth About: Benjani Mwaruwari, New Zimbabwe, Published: July 29, 2009, Retrieved: February 13, 2015
  4. BENJANI MWARUWARI, ZimLegends, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: February 13, 2015
  5. Michael Madyira Benjani revisits England days, The Standard, Published: August 31, 2014, Retrieved: February 13, 2015
  6. Enock Muchinjo Which Zimbos have played in the Uefa Champions League?, Daily News, Published: May 7, 2014, Retrieved: February 16, 2015
  7. Neil Allen, [1], The News, Published: 22 September, 2020, Accessed: 26 September, 2020