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Benni: Vuvuzelas annoying

2010-07-14 13:06
Benni McCarthy (AP)
Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy has admitted he hates vuvuzelas and hopes they never make their way into the English Premier League.

McCarthy was snubbed for the final Bafana squad for the Soccer World Cup but was in the country as a fan.

But whether he joined the chorus of vuvuzelas is unlikely after admitting he can't stand them.

"It's the worst thing," he told West Ham's official website.

"It's a typical South African thing, but the reason I hate them is that when I am playing I can't hear myself and I can't get my message across.

"It's the most annoying thing and you could go deaf, so I hope they don't bring them into English football.

"That is South African football, this is the Premier League, which is the singing and the cheering your team on. That's what it's all about."

However, despite his antipathy towards the little trumpets, McCarthy believes hosting the World Cup has already made a positive, lasting impact on the nation of his birth.

"For the country it has been really nice," he said. "For the infrastructure, the country is in a better state.

"A lot of people had a completely different perception of South Africa and now they have some really nice things to say about it and everyone wants to go there. It is now a holiday destination."

The West Ham striker returned to pre-season training early in a bid to shed some kilos before the new season starts, which is an indication he still has ambitions to play at the top level.

"We have Benni McCarthy in our squad and he is a good player," added Hammers boss Avram Grant.

"We are helping him but he needs to help himself to be better. So far from what I have seen in training, he is doing well." 
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