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Three clubs chase Benjani


Club-hunting Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari finally got his wish of finishing his career in the lucrative English Premiership after three clubs were reportedly chasing his signature yesterday.
According to reports from England Premier League clubs Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Wolves were battling to sign the former Manchester City striker who is now a free agent.
Benjani (31) who is in the twilight of his professional career, has been hunting for a new club after Roberto Mancini showed him the door at the end of last season.
Benjani endured a difficult loan spell at Sunderland earlier this year where he struggled to stake a claim in the starting line-up in Steve Bruce’s side, and has not scored a Premier League goal since December 2008.
A British newspaper, The Mirror reported that Wolves coach Mick McCarthy was ready to battle West Ham and Blackburn Rovers for the signature of Mwaruwari.
Said The Mirror: “Wolves boss McCarthy wants to offer the former Manchester City striker a move to Molineux, home of the West Midlands-based club, this after his release from Manchester City.”
It further reported that McCarthy wanted to bring in more firepower despite the £7m signing of Stephen Fletcher from Burnley. Blackburn coach Sam Allardyce who is also an admirer of the former Portsmouth striker is also reported to be prepared to challenge West Ham and Wolves for the Zimbabwe international.
Mwaruwari joined cash-rich Manchester City in 2008, but after failing to make a significant impact at the Eastlands club he was loaned to Sunderland.
However, the temporary switch to Wearside proved unsuccessful as the forward struggled due to incessant injuries and he only made one start and four substitute appearances.
If Mwaruwari quickly finds a new club, he could play an integral part in the Warriors’ qualification campaign for the 2012 African Cup of Nations because of his experience in the European leagues.
The Warriors start their campaign with an away match to Liberia on September 4 in a tough group that also includes seasoned campaigners Mali and unknown quantities, the Cape Verde Islands.

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