Sven delighted with Benjani

24 February 2008 11:46
Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has hailed recent recruit Benjani Mwaruwari as a fantastic signing for the Eastlands club. The 29-year-old sealed a big-money move from Portsmouth on transfer deadline day, but complications with the deal meant his debut was delayed until the Manchester derby. However, he made up for lost time with a goal in the 2-1 win at Old Trafford and Eriksson is delighted to have the Zimbabwean on board. He said: "Of course I knew about him. You know if you work in the Premier League, if you follow top scorers. "But to be honest, it was very late. I couldn't dream that he was available. "Suddenly, I got a phone call 24 hours before the window closed. Of course we took him because I thought that was what we needed, the perfect player for us. "He is big, strong, scoring goals, with pace, good technique. It was a surprise for me, but I am very happy he is here. "It looks like he has been here for years, he is fantastic in training. He is very good. I think he is a player we needed."

Source: ESA