Benjani Mwaruwari has defined what it was prefer to turn into an ‘instantaneous hero’ for Manchester Metropolis after scoring on his debut towards Manchester United.
Earlier than Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan took over the membership a matter of months later, Metropolis accomplished the then big-money signing of Benjani for £4.68million in January 2008, after he had impressed in his first stint at Premier League rivals Portsmouth.
The Zimbabwe legend was thrown into the deep finish of a Manchester derby on his debut for the Blues, however he delivered the products as he flicked in a purpose that transpired to be the winner – securing Metropolis’s first win at Outdated Trafford for over three a long time.
“That’s the form of a recreation that you simply don’t neglect till you die,” Benjani advised The Sunday Mail.
“That single purpose within the Manchester derby modified every thing for me. I grew to become an instantaneous hero, keep in mind this was my debut for Metropolis and scoring in such an enormous recreation was no imply feat.
“Once I arrived at Metropolis I didn’t know the historical past related to the Manchester derby when it comes to face to face clashes. I solely realised I had finished one thing huge when journalists began speaking about that victory being the primary for Metropolis at Outdated Trafford since 1974.
“It made me well-known, the followers accepted me, and gamers embraced me. Generally you aren’t that good as a participant however for those who work exhausting you may obtain your targets.
“After that match, the membership even assigned bodyguards to guard me for 2 weeks as they feared one thing unhealthy may occur to me. However, being somebody who was raised in Magwegwe again in Bulawayo, I later advised them I didn’t want any safety.
“You see, I used to be introduced up in a troublesome setting again residence in Bulawayo and that form of hardened me.”
Benjani solely went on to attain one other six targets for Metropolis in his 31 appearances, however will all the time be fondly remembered for his historic strike and iconic celebration.