Hamza Bencherif

Hamza Bencherif
PositionDefender
Birthday09/02/1988
Age32

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The former Algerian Under-20 international joined The Lions on 24th June 2019 on a one-year deal.

The former FC Halifax Town and York City player has good knowledge of what Guiseley are about as a club having played against us in a number of derby games.

On signing for the club Hamza said “I was twice relegated after Guiseley got the better of teams I was in and I know how good their support is. A few of my friends from my previous clubs like John Rooney, Michael Rankine and Connor Brown have told me what a great club this is so I am looking forward to getting started.”

The Paris born player, who can also play in midfield, added:”When I spoke to the managers Russ and Marcus, I bought in to what they were saying, it was exactly what I was looking for in a club and I believe in what they are wanting to achieve. I can’t wait to get started, there are some great pre-season games lined up.”

The former Nottingham Forest, Lincoln City, Macclesfield Town, Notts County and Plymouth Argyle player plied his trade mainly as a centre back and said “I have also played many games in midfield and scored a few goals but predominantly I am a centre back who is dominant in the air. That is probably my strength and that is what I will bring to the team. My aim is to win points, win games and have a successful season with Guiseley.”

Bencherif started his career in France with Guingamp before joining the youth system at Nottingham Forest in 2006. When his Football League career ended in 2014 he joined Algerian side JS Kabylie.

He returned to England to play in the Conference Premier with Lincoln City playing 41 games for them before joining FC Halifax Town, for whom he also played 41 games. Bencherif left West Yorkshire in 2016 to join Wrexham but returned on a loan deal with York City later making it a permanent deal which expired recently.

In his time with The Minstermen he played 81 games, one being the 2017 FA Trophy final at Wembley in which York beat Macclesfield Town 3-2.

On 9th January 2020 Hamza was confirmed as the new Lions captain following Scott Garner’s departure.

Bencherif takes on great pride in the role: “It’s a big honour, especially to captain all of the young players here. The way the club is going the moment, I’m quite proud of it because all the players are behind what’s happening here, and you can feel the warmth in the stadium and around the club. Everybody in the team is listening and applying themselves well which makes it a lot easier for me to lead them.”

“Circumstances have dictated that I have the armband now and I’ll wear it with pride but from now until the end the season, all the lads will play their part because leadership is very important.”

On 27th June 2020 Hamza signed a new deal to remain with the club for the 20/21 campaign after jointly winning the 2019/20 Craig Shearstone Guiseley AFC Supporters’ Club Player of the Season Award.