Date: 27th November 2007 at 12:46pm
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The News is reporting how Benjani dipped into his own pocket to bail out the Zimbabwean nation side when they ran into a spot of bother recently.

Zimbabwe were taking part in a four team week long tournament in Vietnam, but when an agent – Raj Perumavo – who had arranged things walked out, claiming that he had previously said that they should not have gone as the sponsors of the trip had withdrawn their funding, they were left stranded.

As a result they threatened to pull out of the tournament, that was until Benjani came to the rescue, putting his hand in his own pocket to help out. Zimbabwe chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya said: ‘after the team got stuck in Vietnam, we had no choice but to look for the money elsewhere.

‘We approached Benjani and he promptly dispatched a substantial amount of foreign currency that was needed to, at least, give the players something and avert an embarrassing situation in a foreign country’.

They might not have got the full amount, my understanding is Benjani gave each of them 250 US Dollars each, so not quite the 4,000 US Dollars each they were promised before the tournament, but at least they got something – and this was not something he had to do was it.

I do not think this is the first time that Benjani has dipped into his own pocket to help out the national side either?

This is another reason why Benjani is so popular, he not only plays the game in the right way, he appreciates what he has and helps out others.

Some might say ‘with all the money these players get it’s the least they can do’ but when all is said and done he helped out, with this coming out of the kindness of his own heart and did not have to do this did he – I am pretty sure many others would not have…

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