Bafana call up McCarthy

2012-09-02 21:43

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund called up veteran Bafana Bafana star Benni McCarthy into the squad on Sunday, after Mamelodi Sundowns striker Edward Manqele sustained an injury.

Manqele, who had been called up as a replacement for Siyabonga Nomvethe, pulled a hamstrong during the PSL match against Maritzburg United on Sunday afternoon.

The veteran Nomvethe was carried off injured on Saturday evening during Moroka Swallows' match against Orlando Pirates, prompting Igesund to name Manqele as his replacement on Sunday morning. Just hours later, Manqele himself pulled a hamstring forcing Igesund to turn to the veteran McCarthy.

Bafana Bafana leave for Sao Paulo on Monday morning to play five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil on Friday. They also have a friendly game scheduled against Mozambique at Mbombela Stadium on September 11.

This news comes after skipper Steven Pienaar was also withdrawn from the clash against Brazil after pulling a thigh muscle playing for Everton at the weekend.


  • Buhle Mjiyakho - 2012-09-02 21:53

    great stuff, this new coach has the will 2 win...dats just what Bafana needs

      neo.khemisi - 2012-09-03 05:14


  • fdalana - 2012-09-02 21:57

    as long as he keeps his mouth shut.

  • goodman.segage - 2012-09-02 22:05

    No! This is poison. Mr coach don't spoil the team plse!

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-09-02 22:19

    Good decision coach, it's long overdue. Benni is very talented striker, his temper doesn't change that.

  • more.pido - 2012-09-02 22:46

    benni? cum on coach u ar nt crus

  • deja.skenka - 2012-09-02 22:52

    It aint bragging if u can back it up. I told u so last week gore he continues 2 prove us wrong. Go Benni go. O sa dumeleng mmagwe ke.........,

  • Lunga - 2012-09-02 23:19

    Eish. I think he should be off to Australia with the Springboks.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-03 00:43

    Great thank you coach.

  • joseph.mantsoe - 2012-09-03 03:35

    Yer Gordon could've called some youngsters instead of Benni he is arrogant

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-09-03 05:12

    Being early sleeper I thought I was having a very very bad dream benny \boom boom\ called up for SA team to face brazil but again my young was awake when this happen he woke me up to reality that indeed SA is doomed in terms of development 1st its baba mkhulu nomvete now this how many unknown player here and abroad that play over the par but not getting called up and what this say to them that no matter how hard they work they must forget? This is out of line SA and I'm talking as. SAcan not that is a known fact that I don't love pie-rats as one will say let's put our teams aside you will see what I mean and talking about

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-09-03 07:01

    I hope he is going to win a heavy weight boxing medal.

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-09-03 07:33

    Welcome back boy,go teach them how to score goals.

  • zamuxolo.nkosiyethu - 2012-09-03 08:04

    its a good thing to bring benni back to bafanabafana benni is stll strong and score goels we want him back to national team thinks couch countiu to do right i trust u u can make a praud i one day i belive in u couch

  • chi.diphoko - 2012-09-03 08:11

    Yes, Gordon very gud selection, but plz let him start de game then u'll see what Benni is made of. Which u all the best this weekend e Brazil.

  • dostomolefe - 2012-09-03 08:55

    lets give him a chance Gordon can motivate players lets see what he can do with Bafana...myb he 'll bring out the best out of them

  • mafera.moropa - 2012-09-03 09:54

    we have been complaing about development for more that decades now. we react only when we are faced with the challenge, we don't plan well... we take quick decision, and short cuts and expect mirracles thus the reality of SA SOCCER. Is fine bring them in either being Bennie or Novete, but the thing is how long are they going to be there... so let us bring them but still get them to share the knowledge and experience with young guys. SA TEAMS are not helping either because are always afraid to put our own young stars in the first teams. how under twenty are there in PSL teams now... We need to promote our young stars, let scruble until they get it Right, instead we doing opposite... Problem is when we talk about experience we think one must over thirty years, no...! at 24 player must have enough experience already. Khosi for Life... Macarthy go there and guide our young stars in Good way Please!!!

  • marlin.samuels.1 - 2012-09-03 10:08

    wrong choice, coach u have this 1 completely nuts

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-03 11:07

    benny can deliver

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-03 11:48

    The only problem with this Benni is his illdisciple or his short temper, He is gonna cum back with a red card ull c man mxm

  • bruce.mtambo - 2012-09-03 18:29

    Benni this and benni that,hey benni can score goals,and that is what we lack in s.a.arrogance,weight i don't care as long as he score goals.mzanzie stop being negative lets support our fellows.what do u think benni will feel after reading all this,obviously he will underperform.

      Raymond Phillies - 2012-09-04 18:01

      Give Benni a chance 2 much critics currently He's the best striker S.A ever delivered referys is target the Best striker in the country where is all your good strikers none of them ever delivered don't be sore losers McCarthy is the best look at the guy's age,body realy thats a fact where is S.A's young boys who u think can do the job back off u a'll and let benni do what he's good in and thats a damm good striker thankz

      doubt.nyoni - 2012-09-06 13:05

      McCarthy is Mzansi all time top Striker.

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