Bafana Bafana

Benni: I'll never snub Bafana

2012-03-18 16:09
Benni McCarthy (File)

Johannesburg - Veteran Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy, arguably one of the better finishers in the world, has clarified the burning question surrounding a possible return to the national squad.

While he was available for selection, McCarthy said at the weekend there were younger players that should be considered ahead of him.

"I think you saw today the quality and talent of maybe 10 young players that are probably better than me," McCarthy said after netting a brace in Pirates' 3-2 win over Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

"I don't understand why they are not called up and people keep calling for me.

"Anyway, I'm a South African and never said I'd never play [for Bafana]."

The former Porto and Blackburn Rovers player has effectively been used as an impact player by the Buccaneers.

Such has been the bluntness in Bafana's current strike force that McCarthy and Moroka Swallows' Siyabonga Nomvethe, both 34, are seen as short-term solutions for the dithering national side.

With a dearth of proven net finders, young players like Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro have struggled when given responsibility in the last year.

This leaves Katlego Mphela as the only source for goals, with South Africa proving poor upfront if the Mamelodi Sundowns man is out of form.

However, Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has persisted on a young team with no place for McCarthy or Nomvethe, even on a temporary basis.

Bafana have crucial 2014 World Cup qualifying matches coming up, starting in May against Ethiopia.

"It's out of my control," McCarthy said.

"That is for the selectors and the South African Football Association - it's all in their hands.

"If only they could select correctly and select players on merit."

McCarthy and Nomvethe partnered each other upfront for the SA Under-23 side and Bafana, playing at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 2002 World Cup in South Korea.

They have amassed 37 national goals between them, and McCarthy remains the country's leading scorer with 31 strikes from 79 appearances.

Nomvethe is joint top scorer in the Absa Premiership, with 10 goals in this campaign, while McCarthy has netted seven times.

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  benni mccarthy

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Who would you like to see take over as Bafana Bafana coach following Shakes Mashaba's sacking?

Love 2 Meet
SuperBru Super Rugby challenge

Enter and challenge Sport24's staff!


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.