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How many would do what Benji did?

How many would do what Benji did?

The News is reporting how Benjani dipped into his own pocket to bail out the Zimbabwean nation side when they ran into a spot of bother recently.

Zimbabwe were taking part in a four team week long tournament in Vietnam, but when an agent - Raj Perumavo - who had arranged things walked out, claiming that he had previously said that they should not have gone as the sponsors of the trip had withdrawn their funding, they were left stranded.

As a result they threatened to pull out of the tournament, that was until Benjani came to the rescue, putting his hand in his own pocket to help out. Zimbabwe chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya said: 'after the team got stuck in Vietnam, we had no choice but to look for the money elsewhere.

'We approached Benjani and he promptly dispatched a substantial amount of foreign currency that was needed to, at least, give the players something and avert an embarrassing situation in a foreign country'.

They might not have got the full amount, my understanding is Benjani gave each of them 250 US Dollars each, so not quite the 4,000 US Dollars each they were promised before the tournament, but at least they got something - and this was not something he had to do was it.

I do not think this is the first time that Benjani has dipped into his own pocket to help out the national side either?

This is another reason why Benjani is so popular, he not only plays the game in the right way, he appreciates what he has and helps out others.

Some might say 'with all the money these players get it's the least they can do' but when all is said and done he helped out, with this coming out of the kindness of his own heart and did not have to do this did he - I am pretty sure many others would not have...


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Date:Tuesday November 27 2007
Time: 12:45PM


Its in stark contrast to the England players who went on a right bender after the croatia game according to the NOTW. benjani should be in the running for African footballer of the Year surely?
The Rabbi
27/11/2007 13:02:00
if true that shows how much 'it meant' to them us not making it to euro 2008 doesnt it... yep, benji is in the running for african football of the year i believe, and is one of the favourite too!
27/11/2007 13:12:00
well done benjani playing brillianton the pitch and being brilliant of the pitch.
27/11/2007 13:28:00
What makes me even prouder of Pompey than our fantastic performances on the pitch, is that we have a team made up on the whole of decent blokes. Primus is an absolute inspiration, James does a lot to raise awareness of green initiatives and for charity, Benji is clearly a good bloke. Johnson's toilet seat stealing and Traore's tax-doging aside, it's all a refreshing contrast to the image of footbalers as greedy, stupid, self-obsessed egomaniacs.
27/11/2007 13:38:00
He just appears to be a nice all round bloke, who gives his all on and off the field. In these dark times for English football it is refreshing that one of our players is noted for making such a huge gesture
27/11/2007 13:52:00
Benji is a very unassuming and modest person. He is totally overwhelmed by the worship he gets from the Pomepy fans. This is fantastic news and it does not surprise me in the least.
27/11/2007 13:56:00
Can't imagine the established England players doing that. He's an amazing guy, I'm glad he's doing so well with his goals, he deserves it.
27/11/2007 14:01:00
I remember not too long ago Pompey fans were on his back about not scoring and some saying if Wenger thought he so was good why did he recommend him to Portsmouth and not buy himself, but hey, a year is a long time in footy. I'm proud of Benjani. He is awesome. I was born in Zimbabwe and was chuffed when he moved to the Prem and even more chuffed when he started banging them in. I think he paid the team's expenses for the African Cup of Nations two years ago. He is very loved in Zimbabwe and he was back there last week to watch one of the local games. Long may his form continue.
27/11/2007 15:05:00
Er... I don't recall a massive number of Pompey fans getting on his back. There were a lot of non pompey fans moaning about him in the national press but anyone who watched the matches knows the effort he put it. Hence why he's a terrace hero at Portsmouth.
27/11/2007 15:19:00
Did Zimbabwe qualify for the African nations cup?
Jacky B
27/11/2007 16:11:00
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