Who Is Hamza Bencherif?

Notts County have released Hamza Bencherif,  who came here on loan from Nottingham Forest in 2007. He was also on the verge of a return in March, until a mysterious MLS club scuppered the chance for him to link up at the Imps with former Macclesfield Town team mates Tony Diagne and Nat Brown.  Simmo knows him well and would love to have him, but surely it would take a statement of ambition or a new Imp sugar Daddy to step forward and boost the budget so that we could afford him? That said season ticket sales would shoot through the roof.

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Hamza is an immense presence that would transform the Lincoln City midfield and make us into play-off contenders. Power would be free to fly, Todd Jordan would have a partner in crime.  But who is this mystery super hero?

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Unable to get into Colin Calderwood’s Nottingham Forest side, the manager kindly agreed to a months to get the Algerian under 20 international some much needed match practice. He  would work under Schofield and Deeham for just 13 days before they started the Imps annual October manager merry-go-round trend.  Hamza started, the day he joined, on Oct 2nd v Bury, then scored in the 2-4 defeat at home to Chesterfield.  He was brave, he was popular, but a lack of pace and youthful nativity exposed him at the centre of an Imps defence that was ransacked more regularly than Rome.

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Despite hopes that he would sign full-time in both the January and the summer, a move failed to materialise, despite him failing to break into the Forest first team.  No doubt Matt Alexander, still a close friend, played a part in Macclesfield securing his services in the summer of 2009. Matt even Tweeted his best regards upon his release from Notts County.  In his natural centre midfield berth he was magnificent, although a leg break against Rochdale, in December, brought a promising season to a close.  He was fit and raring to go for 2010/11 banging in 11 goals, including a brace against Burton.

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Martin Allen (alerted by Schofield and perhaps Matt, son of KA) made Hamza an offer that Macclesfield could not match in June 2011 and he signed a two-year deal starting 17 times with 8 substitute appearances, scoring against Bournemouth and Rochdale.  Some poetic justice there of sorts in a 1-0 win.  He was popular with the fans, his endurance endears as much as his bravery. Incoming Keith Curle, who signed 12 players in the Summer of 2012, also rated him highly, although Hamza would be little more than a bench warmer this season.  He would only play 11 times, all starts and thanks to injuries, in a promotion chase that fizzled, costing Curle his job in March. Chris Kimonya gave him 1 minute of action away at Doncaster before deciding to release him this summer.

STMI Biopic
Full name Hamza Bencherif
Date of birth February 9, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Paris,
Height/Weight 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
EA Guingamp
Nottingham Forest
Senior career Lge & Cup
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
2007 Lincoln City (loan) 12 (1)
2009–2011 Macclesfield Town 68 (16)
2011–2013 Notts County 37 (2)
National team
2006–2007 Algeria U20 7 (1)

Posted on May 3, 2013, in 0 Who Is? Or rather who are we looking at, Transfer News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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