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Sven delighted with Benjani

24 Feb 2008 - 11:46:47

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."

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