Bafana Bafana

Igesund gives Benni advice

2012-07-27 12:27
Gordon Igesund (Gallo)
Johannesburg - South Africa coach Gordon Igesund says he will consider Benni McCarthy for selection if the Orlando Pirates hitman does his job on the field.

McCarthy, Bafana's record scorer with 31 strikes, netted 13 goals in all competitions last term, helping Bucs claim Premiership, MTN8 and Telkom Knockout honours.

Igesund, who replaced Pitso Mosimane last month, insists form will dictate his selection policy.

"Every single player who is playing in our Premier League now, if he is performing and doing a good job, or scoring goals, regardless if his name is Benni McCarthy, or Joe Soap or Mabhuti Khenyeza - will be considered," Igesund said in The Sowetan.

"So it's not about Benni McCarthy, or one particular player, it's a pool of players we have in our country who are all playing at a high level.

"As for Benni, I've just read articles that he's very motivated, so I think that's very good to hear. I'm hoping that all players in our league are motivated and know that if they perform, if they score goals, if they do their job, they will be selected on merit.

"If any striker is playing well and scoring goals on a regular basis, then their feats on the field for their clubs won't go unnoticed. He certainly won't be selected because his name is Benni McCarthy. He has to be selected because he's scoring goals on a regular basis, playing well at a high level, and doing a good job."

McCarthy, with 79 caps, will get a chance to impress Igesund on Saturday when Pirates contest the Carling Cup title with Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium.

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