Tragic birthday for Benni


Benni’s dad has been ailing for some time.

The Hanover Park-born striker, who plays for English Premiership side Blackburn Rovers, was in South Africa earlier this year to visit his ailing father.

His turning down an invitation to play for the national team at the time caused considerable controversy.

Benni’s loss hits a tragic chord as the player who made his professional debut for Cape Town Spurs just over 10 years ago was celebrating his 31st birthday today.

November has been a painful month for Benni. Only a week ago an ex-girlfriend, Amy Leigh Barnes, 19, an aspiring model and actress, was stabbed to death during a row at her home in Bolton.

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man for the crime.