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Igesund refutes Benni report

2012-08-01 20:42

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund refuted a report on Wednesday that he had spoken to top scorer Benni McCarthy about the possibility of representing South Africa in Brazil.

SA Football Association (SAFA) spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said in an e-mail to SAPA that Igesund had "expressed his discontent at the way journalists continue to misrepresent him with regards to Benni McCarthy being recalled to the national set-up".

Chimhavi said: "Commenting on an article which appeared on SAPA late on Wednesday, Igesund said he had never made any decision with regards to the player, adding the speculation was putting him under immense pressure."

SAFA was responding to a SAPA news report earlier in the day, quoting Igesund as saying he would "certainly consider" McCarthy for selection if he was fit enough and enthusiastic about playing for Bafana.

Igesund disputes the SAPA story.

"I have never spoken about any player being recalled to the national team," Igesund was quoted as saying in the e-mail sent by Chimhavi.

"That is not my aim at the moment. I am busy engaging clubs as a way of building healthy relationships and the issue of McCarthy is sidetracking that undertaking.

"It is unfortunate journalists are making up stories and this is very regrettable.

"The whole episode is unfair to Benni as he believes I am saying these statements and if he is not picked, he will be devastated.

"I have not and I repeat, I have not commented about any player at the moment, Benni included," said Igesund.

Bafana Bafana is due to play Brazil in Sao Paulo in an international friendly in September.

The 34-year-old McCarthy has scored 31 times in his 79 international matches for South Africa, but was axed ahead of the 2009 Confederations Cup.

However, he made a successful comeback with Orlando Pirates upon returning to South African soccer last season and displayed a knack for scoring important goals.

SAPA

Comments
  • givenmasanabo - 2012-08-01 21:21

    benni is boring mxm

      nkosinathi.dyantyi.9 - 2012-08-02 09:38

      He is arrogant

  • hapotter - 2012-08-01 22:25

    Well Mr. Igesund just pick him anycase...he is nearing the end of his career, (if you not planning to use him -> just having him in the squad for experience and the fact that he is still scoring might be motivation for the other players (but not to teach them fried chicken recipes ;) ...jokes aside, we need to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and if it means using older and experienced strikers to finish off all those chances we ALWAYS miss then use them if they fit and on form!: Benni, Nomvete, Somma, Mphela would be my pick for 2014 if we qualify...

      aijaman.pirlo - 2012-08-02 10:29

      I'm impressed Potter...a white South African man following South African soccer...It's unbelievable!!!!I'm impressed

      hapotter - 2012-08-03 22:09

      yip, if i'm born in South Africa, I support South African sport :)

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-08-02 08:58

    who? says what? abt who, where, how, for what? of course..

  • aijaman.pirlo - 2012-08-02 10:26

    The beginning of English decline in international football was their own media...If SA media want to follow that trend....I just hope they know the results.Another country - French media!!!

  • thabo.ndhlovu.5 - 2012-08-02 10:36

    2 all benni haters u mst keep ur stupidity comment 2 ur self.....coz benni is still der 1 of best striker in der country.....lyk it or not benni w'll returner 2 national colors without ur permission.....*haters w'll be haters*....!!!!

      blessmore.ndlovu - 2012-08-03 06:41

      Nami ngisho njalo

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-08-02 12:08

    Whether in sports, politics, etc, Sapa keeps on reporting wrong staff. They should change their name to SARA, South African Rumours Association.

  • chi.diphoko - 2012-08-02 12:17

    You are managing Bafana Gordon, dont listen to anyone otherwise you'll be misleaded. Therefore select players of your choice. I know you, u'll select the best!

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-02 12:41

      Here here!!

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