Benjani vows to reward Cotterill’s faith

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Benjani Mwaruwari has pledged to reward Steve Cotterill’s faith in him.

The veteran striker was without a club and training with Stockport to keep up his fitness when the call came from the Blues boss.

Within 48 hours he was toasting a Pompey second coming.

Now Benjani is beginning to establish himself in the side, having started the past two matches.

The former Zimbabwe international has displayed all the old trademarks which made him a Fratton folk hero.

All that has been missing so far is a goal.

On Saturday, Blackpool visit Fratton Park.

It’s another tough fixture for Steve Cotterill’s men to continue a tricky start to the campaign.

And Benjani is desperate to help his boss kick-start the season by steering the Blues to a welcome victory.

He said: ‘The manager has great belief in me to bring me here.

‘I owe him my thanks for that and I want to help him and the team get results.

‘The squad is great, I think we will still do something.

‘There is a lot of strength among the players.

‘And the manager is great for us. I like him very much.

‘If we start winning everything will be fine – so all we can do is work hard.

‘A few wins in a row and it’s a big boost. You can find yourselves right up there again.

‘That is all we need to do. We have players who can do that.

‘We must all work hard together for the team.’

Benjani scored 19 goals in 77 matches during his first Pompey spell.

Since his comeback he has made five appearances, three of those as substitute.

The 33-year-old has also netted a hat-trick in a friendly with Swindon.