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Benjani, Banja Langa MCFC!

Benjani, Banja Langa MCFC!

The bizarre events surrounding Benjani's transfer from Portsmouth, a club that he appeared to be well settled with and clearly adored to Manchester City have been head spinning to say the least. It's been a conspiracy theorist's dream and will remain so for some time to come.

The latest revelation is that City will pay Portsmouth only £3.87 million initially for the player, who will turn 30 in August. According to Pompey's Chief Executive, the fee will then rise once Benjani has turned out 25, 50 and 75 times in sky blue.

If you consider the fact that in these days of Premier League squad rotation mayhem, Jihai Sun has only appeared 88 times in 6 years for City, then this signing is certainly a back of the net job for MCFC.

One thing's for sure, if I was a Pompey fan, I would be rightly livid. It's been a sinister business all told. Agent riddled cloak and dagger boardroom wrangling and strange, contradicting media fuelling public statements from managers and executives combined to carry out a shambles of a transfer all overseen by the hapless Premier League. This episode also serves as a reminder that top flight English football continues to drift out of the fans hands. Loyalty clearly has a price.

Here are Benjani, MCFC Squad Number 27's career statistics...

1999-2001 Jomo Cosmos:
35 apps, 20 goals

2001-2002 Grasshopper-Club Zürich (loan):
25 apps, 1 goal

2002-2006 Auxerre, signed:
72 apps, 19 goals

2006-2008 Portsmouth, fee £4,100,000:
69 apps, 19 goals

Benjani is now in contention to lead the City attack in Svennis' lone striker system for the Manchester Derby on sunday.

All that remains for me now is to welcome him to Manchester City, in the form of a Nyanga greeting from Malawi, his family's country of origin courtesy our MCFC Vital man in Africa:

Benjani, Mulhi Bwanji Bwana Mwaluwalu Madyella? Banja langa Manchester City!

Benjani, How are you doing? Welcome to The Manchester City family!

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Tuesday February 5 2008
Time: 5:17PM


JB are you fluent in Nyangan ???.... Would like to see Benji & Sturridge up front in a 4-4-2 formation. Do you think Sven will dare chance it .
05/02/2008 17:45:00
Livid here! Having wanted to keep Benji AND have Defoe, I then decided that, given the choice, I would prefer Defoe. From that point of view, I'm happy. However, methinks you have an absolute bargain there. The saga over transfer delays, how much and when is typical of today's game, I'm afraid. Somewhat ashamedly, this is not the first time we have courted controversy over such a transfer and it probably won't be the last.
05/02/2008 17:50:00
Nyangan courtesy of MCFC Legend Clinton of Africa, alph. According to the Pompey VITAL crew who we have a sound rapor with, Benjani is as strong as an ox and will give it a right go. I'd like to see him get in amongst Camel Gob and his mates with Sturridge in "The Elano Hole." This is the first of Sven's signings that knows what the Premier League is all about. We can head into sunday's no win situation with strengthened fire power, at least.
Johnny Baguette
05/02/2008 17:54:00
Absolutely, UKTony. English football will be rife with corruption at all levels. These repeated transfer sagas make the recent bungs inquiry even more of a damp squib. I always remember when Mad Kev drove up the M62 to sign Fatty Fowler over Bordeaux's then Pauleta. Leeds were still paying part of his wages well into his City contract!
Johnny Baguette
05/02/2008 17:59:00
Alphie, no comeback from Chix, I mean if you step into Enemy territory you should not expect to escape unharmed.
Buzz Lightyear
05/02/2008 18:11:00
I certainly don't think City have come out of this looking "very amateur" as Chix saw it, Buzz.
Johnny Baguette
05/02/2008 18:14:00
Would Svennis be crazy enough to go 442 against the swamp squatters on there own ground. I very much doubt it, I also think that although Sturridge will be a big success he would be eaten alive on Sunday. If you play 2 Strikers who is the playmaker. so it is either Hart Onuoha, Richards, Dunne, Ball. Ireland Hamann Geovanni, Petrov. Vassell Benjani. OR Same defence with Geovanni Ireland Hamann Gelson Petrov, Benjarni. BENCH Garrido, Caicedo,Etuhu Vassell/Sturridge/Geovanni/ and I hope the BOJ.
Buzz Lightyear
05/02/2008 18:20:00
The Boj surely still some way off first team action, Buzz. If carefully brought back to full finess, his presence like Sturridge and other arrivals in the summer will mean that it will take Benjani some time to reach 75 appearances.
Johnny Baguette
05/02/2008 18:23:00
Was just reading the poll to the right. I would start Benji against the Evil Ones. He's terrific at holding the ball up (like having an extra midfielder really). Good luck Benji. Sorry you had to leave mate but enjoy yourself.
05/02/2008 18:33:00
Another Livid here Johnny B... It's all gone off down on the South Coast I can tell ya.. this smacks of a bad deal and a big rip-off after a fee had already been agreed.. I'm not blaming you City fans though ;)... One thing to be wary of though is if Sven plays Benji in a lone striker role.. you'll not see many goals from him.... Even when we played 451 so successfully away from home for the first half of the season it was Kanu who was the '1' not Benjani... he's best played in a supporting role to an out and out striker.. which of course you haven't got !... he's not the answer to your goalscoring problems alone .. Oh and another thing ..You do realise that he took 14 games to score for Pompey.. which probably means you ain't gonna see a return on your investment this year and you are going to have to be patient into next season..Good luck to the fellas though he was a legend down here..
05/02/2008 18:34:00
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