Benni: My time might be up

2012-09-10 09:21

Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy says he was disappointed to have only managed 12 minutes for Bafana Bafana before pulling up injured, but admits he is nearing the end of his career and that these types of things are to be expected.

The 34-year-old got his first taste of international football since before 2010 after coming on as a 33rd minute substitute for Dino Ndlovu in the 1-0 defeat against Brazil on Friday.

However, the Orlando Pirates striker soon needed to be subbed himself after injuring his hamstring just before the half-time whistle in Sao Paulo.

"I was very disappointed," McCarthy told The Sowetan. "And you know what, I was feeling so nice, confident and strong. But I think 34 is getting a bit heavy now - you know the body is starting to get more delicate than previously.

"I'm just disappointed that I didn't get to express myself because I think it was an amazing opportunity for us. If there was ever a time to beat Brazil, this was it."

The injury is also set to keep South Africa's all-time record goalscorer out of their second friendly international against Mozambique on Tuesday.


  • chiepner - 2012-09-10 09:30

    You think?!?!

  • desh.maharaj - 2012-09-10 11:24

    Well Bennie if you do not respect yourself and know when it is time to quit then many others will not respect you as well. I have previously suggested they you do a supporting role with developing strikers. You are brilliant but when the body stops responding then it is time to use your mind. Teach and Motivate the young guys. You have so much experience to guide the young guys. Both Bafana and European based players. Just see waht Ernie Else is doing. Maybe you should give he a call. It will be a whole new ball game but that is where you can extend your career for another 30 years. And it will not be easy there will be many new things to learn.

  • jackey.moss - 2012-09-10 14:02

    "But I think 34 is getting a bit heavy now" And he only realise's it now....You have always been HEAVY..Benni McDonalds....

  • Ntsikelelo Maxham - 2012-09-10 15:02

    benni's tym is up

  • hapotter - 2012-09-10 19:00

    One quote comes to mind: "Quit while you are Ahead"

  • bharatee.narsi - 2012-09-10 20:40

    Yes, Benni your time is up ! You can now turn to coach the underpriviledged youngsters in their backyard. We need African stars for the 2018 world cup and African Cup of Nations !

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