The pair were together at Auxerre for three seasons before midfielder Teemu completed his move to Spurs for the start of the 2005-06 campaign.
South African Player of the Year in 2001, Mwaruwari made his name at the French club with the winner in the final of the French Cup in 2004 and was Pompey’s record signing in January. He has scored twice in his side’s fine start to the Premiership.
“Benji is a very nice guy and one of the strongest guys I’ve ever played with – he’s like a rock,” said Teemu.
“When I came to England I thought about the players at Auxerre who could play here and he was the one I thought could do well here because of his physical presence.
“I see him as more of a target man rather than an out and out goalscorer, although he knows how to score as well – he scored some important goals for Auxerre.
“He was very good in France, very dangerous. He holds the ball up so well, it’s so hard to get the ball off him. He’s very strong. I’m sure he’ll show everyone what he’s capable of this season.”
Teemu Tainio has few doubts that Benjani Mwaruwari will be a big hit in the Premiership with Portsmouth-