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Benni ready for Bafana role

2012-07-25 18:41

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates' gifted marksman Benni McCarthy said he is ready and willing to play for Bafana Bafana again.

A leaner McCarthy, who last played for the national team in 2008, under Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, said the friendly chat he had with Bafana's new coach Gordon Igesund two weeks ago, convinced him that he was still wanted.

“I had a chat with the coach two weeks ago and he was happy that my form is still intact,” said McCarthy.

“If the coach feels that I still have what it takes to play for Bafana once again, then I am ready.

"At the moment, my focus is doing well at Pirates and so far so good.”

McCarthy, who will be facing traditional rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the second edition of the Carling Black Label tournament at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night, said he was much fitter and felt young again.

“I feel like a 25-year-old unlike my age of 34," McCarthy said.

"This is all thanks to my coach Augusto Palacios who ensured that I started the season as fit as a fiddle.

"Last season, I felt heavy and it took me a while to settle in, but this time around, I am feeling good and confident ahead of the season.”

Pirates emerged as winners in convincing the Bafana all-time leading goalscorer, with 31 international goals, that Bucs was the right team to join.

Aiming to follow in the footsteps of his fellow veteran striker, Siyabonga Nomvethe, the former Celta Vigo, Porto and Blackburn Rovers marksman said anything was possible.

Nomvethe won the PSL Footballer of the Year, Absa Player of the Season, Player’s Player of the Season and leading goalscorer after banging in 20 well-taken goals.

“I intend to follow in Nomvethe’s footsteps as he showed consistency last season," said McCarthy.

"I have belief that my dream can be realised as we have strengthened the team with good, quality players.

"Chiefs are not an easy side to beat and that means we must be at our best on Saturday."

Having scored a spectacular brace in the last game between the two clubs, all eyes will be on McCarthy to repeat his goalscoring prowess which has certainly made him dangerous predator in the 18 yard penalty area.

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Comments
  • Poloyatonki - 2012-07-25 18:49

    We are screwed in SA, Benni couldnt make for starting lineup oversea but now he wants to be in the national team...

      Mzwabantu Ndamane - 2012-07-25 19:02

      bcoz he is betta than wht we have at ur local clubs(khosi fan)

      Poloyatonki - 2012-07-25 20:51

      So does that mean what they they view as trash overseas, locally we think its treasure....

      neville.watson.94 - 2012-07-25 21:35

      we already got a lot of trash only blacks can play soccer

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 21:49

      the only rolls are the ones on his belly

      mzoxolo.boyana - 2012-07-25 21:54

      @Polo give me a player from your team who have achieved morethan what bennie achieved...

  • senyolo.takalani - 2012-07-25 18:52

    Gordon hes like busines man hes able to take a risk and that wl lead us to smewhr old veteren benni cn du wel if he fetur hm in da squard bt nt in startng 11 he mst cme as sub coz hs age cannot alloW hm 2 run 90 Minatz

  • tokelo.temane - 2012-07-25 19:05

    GOOD DECISION Mr IGESUND ''BAFANA BAFANA'' INDEED NEED THE SOPPORT OF THE VETERAN ''BENNY(BBM)'' BECAUSE I BELIEVE HE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BUILD UP UNITY AND BROTHERHOOD IN THE TEAM.

  • Makhavele - 2012-07-25 20:09

    Benni McCarthy u screwed it by yourslf we don't need you in our national team. If the haven is too far for you, go to hell punk.

  • mokopane - 2012-07-25 20:26

    Welcome back Benni, SA needs your talent and experience at this moment and i believe you will bring much needed changes. Gordon is a good manager and he will steer Bafana to Brazil world cup and all that we should do is to believe in the team's ability and rally behind them united as a nation.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-25 20:36

    Well the past is what we can't forget, if need be that the coach feels that this Soweto striker can add some beef in the national team then let it be, I'd love to see Benni wearing the number 17 jersey of the green and gold national team.

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-07-25 20:51

    Benni is the best,finish and klaar.mybe by calling him in to the squad can bring us good results.jersey no 17

  • desh.maharaj - 2012-07-25 21:08

    i think that Bennie will be better suited as a striking coach.

      SoBit.BeitSo - 2012-07-25 22:59

      that could be his new in the not to distant future role but he should be in the line up to give our team some striking composure whilst guiding our youngsters as impact players that will then take over the striking role.

  • sithembiso.nkwanyana - 2012-07-25 23:16

    Watch out!Mr Igesund,McCarthy let the nation down

      tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-07-26 08:49

      Speak for yourself...!!!!

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-07-25 23:54

    \taste n leka like a fishin chipps!\., aw benni i jus had 2 say it. Make us proud tata.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-07-26 00:23

    pensie

  • tokollo.moeletsi - 2012-07-26 07:36

    SAFA have put Gordon under a lot of pressure and for him to fulfill his role he needs to explore all his option. Trusting Benni to carry the team is not a bad option.

  • deja.skenka - 2012-07-26 07:38

    Sure Bennito. Continue 2 rub it in their faces. Phela there can only be one Benni, playing 4 the only 'Team that matters'.

  • adri.noble - 2012-07-26 07:51

    Benni, PLEASE do what you do best, DISAPPOINT us, I BEG YOU.

  • thabo.raleno - 2012-07-26 09:49

    gey lost wena Benni we don' need you bye.

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-07-26 12:30

    beni is by far more talented than any other player u can thnk off ryt nw, wether u lik it or not, finish n klaar!

  • amogelang.molwana - 2012-07-26 13:31

    Hw cud he b ready wen he advised josephs to quit?? He s a traitor. De talent he s got

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-07-26 13:59

    This shows that Bennie's failure to play in the past was due to Pitso's hostile treatment of certain players. Pitso never choose players on merit , he had his favourites like Mphela, Modise, Tshabalala and Khune. He never choose players based on their perfomance in their teams.

  • lawrence.masoes - 2012-07-26 15:37

    Like it or not you haters, attention-seekers, members of the Siphiwe Tshabalala dancing-clown group Benni was all over you last season, and McCarthy WILL be in your face this season. The man knows football! Please upgrade your football knowledge.

  • lawrence.masoes - 2012-07-26 15:39

    Like it or not you haters, attention-seekers, members of the Siphiwe Tshabalala dancing-clown group Benni was all over you last season, and McCarthy WILL be in your face this season. The man knows football! Please upgrade your football knowledge.

  • moss.masango - 2012-07-27 14:23

    go Benni go, those who will be against your Bafana selection dont realy know what they want. We all know that players get selected on merit so Benni deserves to be on Bafana due to his performance at Pirates regardless of his age. if young strikers cant perform then let experienced and well performing strikers get chance.

  • Mkhululi Yekani - 2012-07-29 16:35

    Blv it or not,\r\nlyk it or not, Benni is one of the best goal scora;so we nid him!!those who want him not in bafana, its bcz he always scores breaks their heart.

  • Mkhululi Yekani - 2012-07-29 16:35

    Blv it or not,\r\nlyk it or not, Benni is one of the best goal scora;so we nid him!!those who want him not in bafana, its bcz he always scores breaks their heart.

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