Warriors newcomer and Bournemouth star Jordan Zemura has revealed how fellow countryman Benjani Mwaruwari influenced him in his football career.
Speaking during an interview with The Standard, Zemura, who was born in England to Zimbabwean parents, spoke in adoration of the former Warriors captain. He said:
A big (Zimbabwean) player for me is Benjani who played in England when I was growing up.
To see a countryman of his stature and to reach what he did would be everything.
How can I forget his celebration which was amazing and lit up my eyes?
After leaving Jomo Cosmos in South Africa, Benjani played for FC Zurich in Switzerland and for Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise, commonly known as A.J. Auxerre in the French League before moving to England.
From 2006-11, Benjani featured for several teams in the English Premier League including Portsmouth, Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers, and spent some time on loan at Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Zemura made his Zimbabwean debut in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) matches against the Desert Foxes of Algeria.