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Benjani told to deliver or face the chop

ZIMBABWE international striker Benjani Mwaruwari has been warned to start scoring goals for his English Premier League side Portsmouth or face being dropped from the team by coach Harry Redknapp.
The 27-year-old player, who cost Portsmouth a club record 4,1 million pounds when

he moved from French side AJ Auxerre in January, has not scored in six appearances for the relegation-threatened side.
Redknapp has admitted that his investment has not yielded anything.
“We need the front players to start scoring some goals,” Redknapp was quoted by The News website as saying. “We’ve been creating chances, but we need to stick the ball away. We need someone to do it.
“Benjani needs to start scoring. He needs to be a bit more selfish and start looking to score goals. He needs to be in the box rather than worrying about other stuff.”
Another blank at Aston Villa tomorrow is likely to jeopardise Mwaruwari’s first-team place, although Redknapp still believes in the player.
“I know Benjani can do it . . . He just needs a goal, maybe one to go in off his backside to get him up and running,” Redknapp said.
Although Redknapp had warned before that Emmanuel Olisadebe, Ivica Mornar and Collins Mbesuma were not about to become the solution to Pompey’s goal drought, his patience with Mwaruwari is running out.
“At the moment, I’II keep going with Benjani, but he needs to score. If not, we have to get goals from somewhere. But I’II wait and see what happens before deciding about making a change.
British media believe Mwaruwari lacks belief.
“He doesn’t rush out on to the pitch looking like a player full of goals,” a report on The News said about the Zimbabwean player.
Redknapp however says he is wary of putting Mwaruwari under intense pressure.
“He’s a quiet lad who is in a hotel and hasn’t got his family with him over here yet. So I’ve to be careful not to put too much pressure on him,” Redknapp said. “I’ve got to keep encouraging him. He’s worked hard and his attitude is first-class, like when he came back from the Africa Cup of Nations to play for us the next day.”
Mwaruwari is the third Zimbabwean to play in the English premiership after Bruce Grobbelaar and Peter Ndlovu. — Staff Writer.

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