Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy believes he can come back stronger when the Premier Soccer League resumes on 15 February.
McCarthy hopes the lengthy break - in respect for the 2012 Africa
Cup of Nations - allows his body time to recover from niggling
"I welcome the break because I have been troubled by injuries. It
will allow me to spend quality time with the medical team without
worrying about games," McCarthy told the Sowetan.
"I hope to come back fully fit and help Pirates win the remaining
titles. What I love about Pirates is that we are all contributing to
the success of the club. If Benni is not scoring, there are other
players like (Thulasizwe) Mbuyane, (Tokelo) Rantie and (Oupa) Manyisa
who can score.
"It is not about an individual but team work," said the ex-West
Ham forward, who will work as an analyst for some of the AFCON matches
"I'm hoping for an exciting AFCON. It is unfortunate our own
Bafana Bafana did not qualify for the tournament (scheduled for
Equatorial Guinea and Gabon)."
The 34-year-old, an off-season arrival, added that Pirates are
determined to win the African Champions League next year. The
Soweto-based side, continental champions in 1995, have already lifted
two cups this season - the Telkom Knockout and the MTN8.
"When I agreed to join Pirates, the chairman (Irvin Khoza) told
me about his desire to see the club winning the Champions League," said
"I told him I want to be part of that historic team. I have won
the Champions League in Europe and now I'm gunning for the African
Champions League," concluded Bucs' top scorer with six goals in all