McAnuff: Benning a 'pioneer' for South Asians in football

McAnuff: Benning a 'pioneer' for South Asians in football

Port Vale play-off hero Mal Benning continues to fly the flag as a pioneer for British South Asians in football, according to Jobi McAnuff.

Benning's Wembley debut was the stuff that dreams are made of as he rounded off the scoring in front of the Port Vale fans in a 3-0 win against his old club Mansfield to clinch promotion to League One.

Fellow Punjabi footballer Danny Batth helped Sunderland earn promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship at Wembley the previous weekend, putting in a flawless display in a 2-0 win against Wycombe in the League One play-off final

Speaking in the build-up to Port Vale's clash with Mansfield, Benning told Sky Sports of his pride at the opportunity to represent British South Asian footballers, particularly Indians and Sikhs, on the pitch at the home of English football, adding he hoped he can help inspire the next generation of talent to emerge from the community.

McAnuff, whose appointment as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Football Association was this week ratified by the FA Council, told Sky Sports: "We talk about representation a lot, and certainly, it's a portion of society that we don't see represented nearly enough in the game.