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Benji returns home

As I took my seat for the me against out South Coast rivals today, well I say as I took my seat it was more like as I took (sorry to be crude) a leek getting into the ground, I heard an announcement that sounded like Benjani had returned to Pompey?

Making my way to my seat it was eventually confirmed by a steward that this was in fact the case, although the songs ringing out made it clear...

The Pompey Site released this statement: 'Benjani Mwaruwari has rejoined Pompey on a one-year deal.

The 33-year-old Zimbabwean striker was presented to fans before the first home league game of the season against Brighton.

He originally joined the Blues in January 2006, staying at Fratton Park for two years before signing for Manchester City.

Benjani scored 19 goals in 77 appearances during his first spell on the south coast and was a firm favourite with the Fratton faithful.

His first Blues goal came at Wigan in April 2006 - and it was an important one as Pompey won 2-1 to preserve their Premier League status.

And in the 2007/08 season he netted two top-flight hat-tricks - the second in the record-breaking 7-4 victory over Reading.

Benjani spent last season at Blackburn, scoring three goals in 21 appearances.

So, Benji is back - are we happy?

I would guess a large number are, although if this is a good thing will be found out in due course...


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Saturday August 13 2011

    Time: 11:53PM

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    33 years old...hmm
    plymouth graham
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    14/08/2011 00:30:00

    Nice to have the old bugger back......for sentimental reasons....can't knock the guy for effort and endeavour, but is it really what we need right now???? (and that is a genuine question!). That said, can he be any worse than Kitson!? I doubt it. PUP and all hands to the pumps.
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    14/08/2011 01:18:00

    No complaints here. He can still play a major role for us, and although he's a few years older than when he left us, at this level he could be a great buy.
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    14/08/2011 05:28:00

    Tends to be a bit of a sick note now, but no more moans about not filling the bench. I think he can only play in a 442 set up so hopefully we won't be stuck with Cot's much vaunted much failed current preference.
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    14/08/2011 07:06:00

    At least Benji is 10 years younger than Cots 1st choice striker!
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    14/08/2011 07:07:00

    Under Harry, he played in a 4-5-1 set up. Great Signing. We have been discussing this for so long on Vital Pompey. I wrote an article about his availability a year ago before he joined Blackburn. We discussed this issue again, and perhaps SC was reading VP :)!
    Pompey Malta
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    14/08/2011 09:51:00

    Even though I do like Benjani, let's hope he isn't the cheap option over this Norwegian guy
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    14/08/2011 10:37:00

    Gets my vote
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    14/08/2011 10:46:00

    glad to have benji back but we really need to inject some pace into the side...
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    14/08/2011 11:36:00

    my view past it ,i hope i am wrong, crowd pleaser signing as not many others to come?
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    14/08/2011 16:59:00

    Does seem to be a crowd pleaser, but I hope it doesn't spell the end to our transfer activity. It'll be interesting to see how fit he is tomorrow against Reading.
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    15/08/2011 03:14:00


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