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Benni at war with West Ham

2011-02-02 09:54

Johannesburg - Former Bafana Bafana heavyweight Benni McCarthy is at war with West Ham United.

The 33-year-old striker has been left out of the Hammers 25-man squad for the rest of the Premier League season, meaning he is only free to play in FA Cup matches.

Furthermore, the struggling East London club has attempted to offer McCarthy a £1 million pay-off to voluntarily end his contract with the club.

But McCarthy, who stands to earn more than £2.7 million if he sees out the remaining 18-months of his Hammers contract, has rejected the club's offer.

Benni's Hammers tenure has been an abject failure. He has been cursed with fitness problems, and was lambasted by the club for being overweight.

His £38 000 a week salary has come to represent a major burden for the club, considering he has played just 326 minutes since joining in January last year, without scoring a goal.

During the transfer window McCarthy came close to a move to promotion chasing Championship side Queens Park Rangers. And although he scored in a trial match for the wealthy London club, he did not manage to secure a move there.

The Hammers will be desperate to loan Benni to any Championship side when the loan window opens again next week. And according to the The Telegraph, a number of clubs in the Middle East have expressed an interest in the striker.

It is clear that Benni's sojourn in the English top-flight has come to an end, and it will be in both his and West Ham's best interests to find a solution to their current impasse.

Soccer Laduma

Comments
  • quack - 2011-02-02 10:05

    Former Bafana 'heavyweight' , ya, that about sums it up.

      IandI - 2011-02-02 10:32

      He ate all the Ham, not the team is just called "West".

      in love - 2011-02-02 11:59

      @ IandI u are so funny..lol

      garriga - 2011-02-02 12:08

      Former heavyweight? Hau bana, he is STILL a heavyweight... check the pics! LOL!!!

      Sam - 2011-02-02 14:35

      Can't believe people hate Benni so much. He achieved so many international accolades. Better than any other South African International. His career has come to an end, this is the only time they can criticize him :) Shame.

      FD - 2011-02-02 14:59

      Oh yes 'former' that what happens if one does not understand the consequences of PRIDE in anything they do. Better be HUMBLE than proud lest you destroy your career. I think he misses Bafana Bafana let alone 2010 world cup - Shame on Benny - he is heading for 'Featherweight'

  • Cassandra - 2011-02-02 10:19

    Sounds like our politicians and heads of failing parastatals - even if you don't perform you still get paid a whack of money. Fire his fat a**

  • roboman1 - 2011-02-02 10:22

    Benni must just about be the highest paid footballer in the world today, if you take how much he earns per playing minute, considering he has played 328 minutes and receives 38 000-00 pounds a week, nearly 1 600 000-00 rand a month. My rough estimate is that at the end of the contract, if he sees it through, he would have earned roughly R100 000 per minute of actual play. Not bad for an aged over weight under achiever

      deeva - 2011-02-02 13:28

      shame robman , you not earning 0,00000000001% of that , so who is the under achiever

      AJ - 2011-02-03 07:21

      @deeva, it all comes down to what unit of measure one uses to quantify achievement. Money is just one of many and often the least effective.

  • francoiscronje1 - 2011-02-02 10:24

    BEE?

  • DeonL - 2011-02-02 10:36

    Maybe it is time to take the money and retire? Some sportsmen take too long to retire and then gets left out like Ntini and Benni.

  • dominic.chimhavi - 2011-02-02 10:39

    38 000 pounds a week! That is more than what the entire people who have read this story earn in a month

      Hanjo - 2011-02-02 10:43

      too true

      Proffie - 2011-02-02 10:51

      Pounds X 11.5 = R 437 000 a week. A WEEK! I hav to work 4 years to eanr anything close to that, 20 years to save it. Soccer is whacko!

      Michael - 2011-02-02 11:36

      @Proffie...stop commenting on news24, perform on ur current job or find a better-paying job i.e. if u r qualified for it (LoL)

  • mdu - 2011-02-02 10:41

    You cant cut the tap that provide water to your house and thats what happen when you turn your focus form your roots and so funny how thinx turn out to be and the fact that the history is starting to forget him thats what make it worse

      Marcus Daily - 2011-02-02 10:43

      English, please.

      Bratt - 2011-02-02 11:03

      or ant other legible language for that matter...

      uday - 2011-02-02 11:07

      is benni working as a plumber now?why would he want to cut the water supply?:p. look the fact is benni is fat and kinda struggling now,he should take west hams pay off and come back to sa and regain at least a niche of his former glory by playing for teams such as Ajax or SS Untd,not Cheifs or Pirates(cos they want to win the league this year). Come Benni take the payoff,get on a plane bk to sa asap and get on a diet even quicker!

      Dewet - 2011-02-02 13:36

      @mdu The little blue pill that you drink in the morning is called roofies. Your colleagues tricked you into believing it was vitamins. The only way we can understand your logic and writing is if we also take some of it in the morning, but then we would have to work for the ANC because no one else would hire us. Please stop drinking it and if they tell you next that it should have been the pink one, don't drink that one either. That one is Viagra- you know the one that Zuma drinks for his 20 wives

      Dewet - 2011-02-02 13:37

      @mdu The little blue pill that you drink in the morning is called roofies. Your colleagues tricked you into believing it was vitamins. The only way we can understand your logic and writing is if we also take some of it in the morning, but then we would have to work for the ANC because no one else would hire us. Please stop drinking it and if they tell you next that it should have been the pink one, don't drink that one either. That one is Viagra- you know the one that Zuma drinks for his 20 wives

  • Leonard - 2011-02-02 10:52

    Benni i think it's time you considered coming back home, i think teams in Mvela league can benefit from you and stop clowning around there

      Bratt - 2011-02-02 11:04

      why should he give up on all that money? It's fairly obvious soccer is the last thing he is interested in.

      Leonard - 2011-02-02 11:46

      true that Bratt, true that! money it's his passion not soccer coz if it was soccer, then he would have taken good care of his body and not look 40 at 33.

      bilaal - 2011-02-03 19:06

      leonard you kill me about this issue let take Benni to mvela he will fit there

  • noxcleva - 2011-02-02 11:01

    Please Benni come back home you old fart

  • PhumiNel - 2011-02-02 11:06

    Maybe he was @ MacDonalds when the selection was being made.. ncom ncom ncom

      Leonard - 2011-02-02 11:48

      Lol! you kill me

      willie werkie - 2011-02-02 12:02

      Big Mac!

      bilaal - 2011-02-03 19:08

      you make my night LOL....

  • maghebula - 2011-02-02 11:18

    Even a championship side didn't want him! Karma is a b**ch...! You didn't wanna play for us and now you want us to symphathise with your fat *ss! Good, you got what you wanted now go grab a pie and sit on the side lines! You greedy runt! Benni should have taken the pay out!

  • Sam - 2011-02-02 11:31

    Can't believe South Africans "hate" Benni so much...he achieved the best international accolades, better than any other South African international. He's career is coming to an end, this is the only time they can criticize Benni :) Shame.

      maghebula - 2011-02-02 11:43

      Yes sam we love the Benni that snubbed his own country when it needed his services... Come on!

      Roger 01 - 2011-02-02 12:34

      Yes! Forget about the past. Benni come home. If you don't P it against the wall or let some shyster control your money, you'll be alright for the rest of your life. Find a way to put something back into SA football.

  • Sam - 2011-02-02 11:35

    Can't believe people hate Benni so much. He achieved so many international accolades. Better than any other South African International. His career has come to an end, this is the only time they can criticize him :) Shame.

  • mupet-killer - 2011-02-02 11:37

    WHY CANT SA PRODUCE A TORRES, KAKA, MESSI OR RONALDO? i mean soccer is the simplest of sports, surely we can produce atleast 1 player of that calibre. benny probably came closest.

      maghebula - 2011-02-02 11:47

      It all comes down to development in this country... We have a lot of quality players in SA vut the never make it in Europe. Benni came closest until he picked up the SA playeys' abroad syndrome- arrogance and lack of discipline! When his country needed him he snubbed them, and when he wanted to feature in the World Cup he decided that he wants to play for bafana - 'm glad he's being snubbed - karma!

      willie werkie - 2011-02-02 12:01

      Steven Pienaar?

      maghebula - 2011-02-02 12:07

      Rhoo and Schillo are way more proffessional than Benni, and great players as well... Plus Mbazo is more Proffessional than Benni. Plus we have a lot of youngsters playing overseas, we just need to bring them into the picture!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-02 12:19

      Watch out for our latest export, Bongani Khumalo..Boy's got talent....SA has produced some top notch players (Benni included) & thankfully Pitso has been a good coach with the current team...Unfortunately you will always get an OJ..

      bradon05 - 2011-02-02 12:32

      Benni & Ronald McDonald in the erea McDonald in the erea haa lekke lekke fish & chips Hey tada LMAO !!!!!

  • Sam - 2011-02-02 11:38

    Can't believe people hate Benni so much. He achieved so many international accolades. Better than any other South African International. His career has come to an end, this is the only time they can criticize him :) Shame.

      yamza06 - 2011-02-02 12:43

      Where did u get that info- that he acheived so many acollades better than any other RSA International.

      earlkellies - 2011-02-03 09:21

      uhmmmmm he has won the championsm league, played the most world cups....tell me who has done better idiot? no one

  • Virginia - 2011-02-02 11:39

    Can you now understrand why the govrnment is bringing in new comsumers laws in this country, no more contracts, contracts can be broken at a minmum price. Which I presume would be both ways. The government in SA has paid out to much money to underachievers who have had 5-7 years contracts and were unable to do the job, so bring in a new law for the man in the street and it serves them aswell.

      BRONZE - 2011-02-02 11:48

      Huh? What does our new consumer laws have to do with Bennie and his English club?

      milestonemoss - 2011-02-02 16:21

      ?????

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-02-02 11:51

    It's over Big Benn...take the money & run, whilst you can still fit through the turnstiles at Heathrow..Come home, we also have McDonalds here...

  • jungkmaile - 2011-02-02 11:52

    If u remember well, benni shunned SA for a long time, he then cried when he was dropped from 2010 squad after a call up which he never deserved in the 1st place. Come back home, NFD teams will benefit frm u. Pride Pride Pride wil never get u anywhere. or open a sports shop in Gugu or Khayelitsha, or Philipi

  • Sam - 2011-02-02 11:54

    Can't believe people hate Benni so much. He achieved so many international accolades. Better than any other South African International. His career has come to an end, this is the only time they can criticize him :) Shame.

      milestonemoss - 2011-02-02 16:23

      You become quiet annoying now..

      milestonemoss - 2011-02-02 16:24

      you are becoming quet annoying now !!!

      GP - 2011-02-02 17:41

      @milestonesmoss, struggling to spell "quite". lol

      bilaal - 2011-02-03 19:13

      GP you are like Binne ,you dont have brain with you comments.

  • themantshepo - 2011-02-02 11:55

    ah benni you're shit come play for chiefs they need you hahaha

      kaps - 2011-02-02 12:47

      chiefs has a best team not players so we fine without benni and we have our musona and shabba and reneiloe,nale what more can we ask for,he comes back and play for dynamos in mvela whahahahaha plus he has attitude

      themantshepo - 2011-02-02 12:57

      pirates is da best my bra.... chiefs is operating like a spaza shop at the moment...whahahaha

      kaps - 2011-02-02 16:20

      huh then you dont watch the soccer that all the south africans watch,what about chiefs bra. i smashed you you twice giving three goal each game so you should start thinking again,pie rates whahaha

  • netballaustria - 2011-02-02 11:56

    All you guys complaining about Benni haven't done 'sqaut' with your lives and think that you have the answer to his. West Ham bought him and signed a contract. All he is doing is holding them to that contract. He is ready to play whenever he is called upon to do so. He and Piquionne are the best goal scorers that WH have. Carlton Cole is just better than useless. I am not a Benni fan, but hey, give him due credit.

  • Shahiema - 2011-02-02 12:00

    why do people critized Benni so, gosh its not like he didn't achieve anything, guys who talk so much can you achieve what he achieved, ya it did go to his he head abit, but really now that is gam.

      yamza06 - 2011-02-02 12:47

      We are achieving where we r. Is ur Bennie stil achieving. The answer is no. We r criticising him because when he was still in good shame turned his back on us and now you want us to symphathise with him. We will never do that. We are waiting for him to come home and ask for forgiveness and we will give him da keys for the Quantum to drive. Benni deserves to be a Taxi Driver.

  • kaps - 2011-02-02 12:45

    i agree with landl,whahahaha he must come back home and play for mvela league eyohh

  • Homer - 2011-02-02 13:09

    Fat Bennie should just accept the contract termination offer from the Hammers and come to SA and live as a rich man...maybe one of the PSL clubs may take an interest in his services. Right now he just wont make it in the EPL, he's had his days.

  • Sam - 2011-02-02 13:26

    Can't believe people hate Benni so much. He achieved so many international accolades. Better than any other South African International. His career has come to an end, this is the only time they can criticize him :) Shame.

  • AndV - 2011-02-02 13:30

    He has unfortunately become bigger (and fatter) than the game. He is a disgrace for the sport and should rather dissapear as soon as possible. Who does he think he is? He messed up all the potential he has and must only blame his own arrogance for his current situation. Cheers, go now!

  • uday - 2011-02-02 13:43

    Look the fact is benni is fat and kinda struggling now,he should take west hams pay off and come back to sa and regain at least a niche of his former glory by playing for teams such as Ajax or SS Untd,not Cheifs or Pirates(cos they want to win the league this year). Come Benni take the payoff,get on a plane bk to sa asap and get on a diet even quicker

  • Stephan - 2011-02-02 13:56

    Sorry Dudes, my comment is not actually about Benni and his eating habits... What does scare the living daylights out of me is the comments I read from "themantshepo" the past couple of hours. From his comments today I gathered that he is a Pirates / Arsenal / Lions supporter. My G%$@, what did I do to deserve this? I am also a Pirates / Arsenal / Lions supporter but hell myself (and all the other Pirates / Arsenal / Lions supporters combined) do NOT talk as much sh%%%t as "themantshepo" in one day... The heavens forbid!!!!!!!!

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-02-02 14:00

    Lets say he earns R400 000.00 a weeks. That is R1.6 million a month. Not bad for fat boy that is long past his sell by date and has not actually done anything to earn his salary. He earns more than the state president and most highly educated CEO's

  • Dave - 2011-02-02 14:15

    The solution is simple. Just make Benni the goalkeeper...he''ll be too wide for any ball to get past him...ever...ever.

      Sivuyile - 2011-02-02 15:05

      hahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaha DAVE NO!

      milestonemoss - 2011-02-02 16:28

      LMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • setzuweni - 2011-02-02 17:24

    Oh legs of pap! Oh legs of pap . Benni come back home to the Cape flats we will welcome you. Benni is making a fool of himself, fat and no club wants him. If I were him I will wait for the £2.7 million and book a flight to Hanover Park!!

      earlkellies - 2011-02-03 09:19

      u just mad coz the best striker RSA had is coloured and from the cape .... mpela , nomvete etc havent acheived what he has combined... nomvete played 300 games scored 1 game what is he a defender? mphela is overated he misses more the he scores btw if benni were black you would hav praised him as a God... just so happend he's coloured

  • milestonemoss - 2011-02-03 08:38

    As long as teams still go by Chelsea BUNS,magPIES,LIVERpool & westHAM,I do not see this guy wanting to leave the EPL in a hurry !!!!

  • earlkellies - 2011-02-03 09:33

    The best footballers SA ever had r coloured.....Steven Pienaar (tick) Tottenham Everton Borrussia Dortmund, Benni McCarthy (Tick) Porto , Celta Vigo , Blackburn, West Ham, Delron Buckley ( Tick ) Borrussia Dortmond, Nassief Morris Panathianakos (Tick), Quinton Fortune, Manchester United (Tick) Bryce Moon...Panathainakos (Tick) ..the list goes on ....can u name me 1 South African player at a bigger and better club in Europe even Africa ...the whole Benni saga is ......he's coloured

  • feppie - 2011-02-03 10:50

    If he tried his best for Bafana, he would've still get love from SA. Ja Bennie! Jy het mos vir Bafana vir 'n GAT gevat - nou is jy die VETGAT.

  • RQd2 - 2011-02-03 11:05

    Time for Benni to do the right thing and hang up his boots... Oh look, a garbage barge! What's that on it i see.... Ah, the name "Benni McCarthy!"

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