Fat Benni fit for 13 minutes

2010-08-25 21:51

Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy is making some progress in his gruelling "battle of the bulge". West Ham United manager Avram Grant now apparently believes Bafana Bafana's all-time top scorer is fit enough to play 13 minutes in a game.

McCarthy was brought on as a 77th minute substitute in both West Ham's deflating 3-1 home Premier League defeat against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and again on Tuesday night when a largely reserve-strength Hammers sneaked a 1-O Carling Cup victory over Second Division Oxford United via a 93rd minute goal from Scott Parker.

Having been given an ultimatum by West Ham to lose 1kg in weight a week for a period of five weeks or sacrifice his weekly pay packet of approximately R400 000 - a hefty loss of R2m if his weight remains static - the skilled McCarthy demonstrated in the sphere of recapturing lost form that there are signs of improvement.

While McCarthy had little, if any chance to impress in West Ham's dismal defeat against Bolton, he was pretty busy during his brief spell against minnows Oxford United and had a hand in the movement that led to the last-gasp winning goal.

Afterwards Grant mentioned McCarthy's brief cameo as one of the encouraging aspects of the match from West Ham's perspective.

Now the big question is whether McCarthy will be granted any work time on the pitch when West Ham face an acid test against Manchester United in an away encounter at Old Trafford's "Theatre of Dreams" this weekend.

It would seem the thorough, uncompromising Grant is unlikely to consider McCarthy for his starting line-up, but he could find a place on the substitute's bench and be summoned into the game at one point or another.

As to his weight progress, West Ham, like Walt Disney's Brer Rabbit, "ain't saying nothing."


  • Faizel Bassa - 2010-08-25 22:24

    What is his problem ? Can football be that difficult ? R 400 000.00 per

  • CapeTownJunk - 2010-08-26 08:05

    On the bright side, if the rest of his football career doesn't work out, the photo suggests that he'll at least be able to get a job entertaining at childrens parties - as Barney the Dinosaur.

  • henrik johansen - 2010-08-26 08:12

    He is the worst signing the hammers ever have done, he is lazy and dont work for the time. for years back he was a good footballer. release him and send him back to SA soccer if any want him

  • @ Benni - 2010-08-26 08:29

    what du u have to say abt that Benni? u fit enough to play 13min ..this is a joke i hope u take this as a wake-up call

  • Tommy - 2010-08-26 08:58

    Benny, you have a serious problem dude.You are on your final stretch of your career,and instead of leaving the sport that has treated you well on a good & high note you are balloning out of shape. This is a real shame. There are many people out there that would swop to be in your shoes. When you are 45 years old, you will be thinking about the money you have lost out on because of your eating & beer disorder.Some advice. Instead of sprinting to the fridge,try sprinting at the training grounds. And some fools in SA wanted this guy to play in the World Cup.

  • wiri - 2010-08-26 09:56

    The problem with Benni is that he no longer enjoys soccer but he doesnt want to quit. He wants more of the money but he doesnt want to work for it. By working i mean training hard, eating relevant food and little beer. Personally i still believe he is a good striker. If he loses that weight i tell you we gonna be surprised...we need him for Bafana.

  • sylvesta ngwepe - 2010-08-26 10:00

    i think Benny must work hard or else Mamelodi Sundowns will sign him and dump him before he complete his career at Jomo Cosmos.He is always welcomed at retirement village for overseas players (psl)

  • kjac - 2010-08-26 10:36

    clearly you are all jealous of Benni and therefore you are making nast comments! - moffies

  • Wildcape - 2010-08-26 10:44

    Ag, honey, does my ass look fat in this dress?

  • Mark Edwards - 2010-08-26 12:08

    John Smit is nearing the end of his career, keep picking up weight Benni, we may need a new hooker for the Springboks.

  • goalie - 2010-08-26 12:36

    Absurd! R400000 per week to reduce weight and the man is battling to do so? What other incentive does he need? Simply amazing!!!

  • Tommy - 2010-08-26 12:44

    @KJAC You can take benni's D..K out your mouth. There is no jealousy just people stating the truth. So please dont call people moffies, and get upset. The truth' hurts' we know that. It is actualy ironic you calling people moffies,after taking something out your mouth.

  • Tommy - 2010-08-26 12:45

    @KJAC You can take benni's D..K out your mouth. There is no jealousy just people stating the truth. So please dont call people moffies, and get upset. The truth' hurts' we know that. It is actualy ironic you calling people moffies,after taking something out your mouth.

  • Freek - 2010-08-26 13:53

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! R4m per month!!!!!!!! imagine that....i dont even earn 0.5% of that.

  • Ruli - 2010-08-26 14:18

    The problem with Benni is Beer: if u drink 2 much u get fat,Food: if u eat 2 much u get fat,i hear dat Benni was seen at fast food shop in England.

  • nkosi - 2010-08-26 16:50

    i still believe u can make it benny

  • nkosiethwa - 2010-08-26 16:51

    i still believe u can make it benny

  • Mdu - 2010-08-26 16:55

    Eish mi brada, just work hard n stop your sucking attitude.

  • Mdu - 2010-08-26 17:01

    Eish mi brada, just work hard.U cn stl make it lyk Nomvete

  • lera2 - 2010-08-27 12:43

    He has to swallow his pride,to become a better person again,there are many more talented youngsters out there who can do their very best for their beautiful country.

  • CHRIS - 2010-08-27 13:47

    Benni should retire-finish&klarr

  • jongikhaya - 2010-08-27 18:40

    Tommy, sylvester ngwepe & CapeTownJunk you guys took all my comments, Benni come join cosmos you & bra jay have something in common

  • TUMELO RICHARD THEKA - 2010-08-28 09:08

    This things happens in life, I can feel what he is going through, but what I wish is for him not to give up, he can still regain a form and be the reliable striker since ever in the english premiership league, wish you the best of luck Benni and stay positive at all times, follow the instructions of the coach so as to progress, Amandla!

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