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Wed Apr 16 12:14:44 SAST 2014

United assessing Benjani

Nick Said | 04 September, 2012 06:280 Comments
Benjani of Portsmouth holds off the challenge of Danny Pugh of Leeds during the npower Championship match between Portsmouth and Leeds United at Fratton Park on February 25, 2012 in Portsmouth, England
Image by: Ben Hoskins / Getty Images

VETERAN Zimbabwean forward Benjamin "Benjani" Mwaruwari is to have one final bid to prolong his career as he begins training with Supersport United this week.

The 34-year-old free agent has been training with Jomo Cosmos since arriving back in South Africa from English side Portsmouth at the end of last season, but says there was never any serious chance of his joining them.

He has held discussions with BidVest Wits, but adds that nothing concrete came of these, and has said that if he does not win a contract in South Africa, he will retire.

"We are looking for another striker . so we will see if he is the one," said United coach Gavin Hunt.

Benjani made his name at Jomo Cosmos in the 1999-2000 season before moving overseas, where he had successful spells with Auxerre in France and Portsmouth.

He was signed by Manchester City in 2008, but made just 23 appearances in two seasons. He played for Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers in the English Premiership as well, before an ill-fated return to Portsmouth for the last campaign.

Hunt confirmed that Kermit Erasmus has been registered for this season, but says the player is some way from being match-fit.

"He has basically done no pre-season, so how long it will take him to get fit remains to be seen. He is still in Holland with his girlfriend, so I don't know how long it will be until he is ready to play."

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