Benjani Mwaruwari has revealed that his odd name came as a result of a misunderstood accent when he was young.
According to Benjani Mwaruwari, he original name is Mpenjani, unfortunately his father’s foreign accent sounded like Benjani.
“My name, actually, is Mpenjani. My father is from Malawi, so the pronunciation is not that great.
“When he went to do my birth certificate, they thought he said Benjani. So on my birth certificate, it is written Benjani,” he told Robert Marawa.
The former Jomo Cosmos, Bidvest Wits and Manchester City striker further reminded us how an added mix-up was added.
“And when I was playing in Zimbabwe, the person who was writing the team-card didn’t look properly at my birth certificate. He thought Benjani was Benjamin, that is how this name Benjamin came from.
“Everyone in Zimbabwe knew me as Benjamin and also in South Africa. In France, it was difficult for them to pronounce my surname – Mwaruwari, it was too big. So my coach said: ‘This one is easy, let’s just put Benjani’.
“They got it right because they saw it (from my documents) written Benjani,” concluded the legendary striker.