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Igesund sick of Benni stories

2012-10-29 19:20

Johannesburg - A war of words over Benni McCarthy is clouding the issue of whether Bafana Bafana's top all-time scorer will return to international duty after recovering from injury.

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said on Monday he was "sick and tired" of reading stories around the enigmatic Pirates striker and his Bafana future.

"Once and for all, I want to bury the issue and silence the pro- and anti-Benni factions by stating categorically that he is not favoured any more or less than any of the other players in line for selection for South Africa's African Nations Cup squad for next year's tournament.

"Every player will be judged equally on his form and fitness levels and no one is going to get an easy ride into the side if he falls down in these departments."

McCarthy had the experience and skill, Igesund believed, to hold onto the ball up front as a striker.

"Bafana needs that kind of player, whether it is McCarthy or Sundowns' Katlego Mphela, who is also recovering from injury, or someone else.

"But should any player fail the test on the criterion of form and fitness, he'll be left out of the final reckoning. And this will apply equally to all the candidates."

McCarthy, recovering from a hamstring injury, took to social networking as he hinted at international retirement after a Sunday newspaper referred to him as "Fat Benni" on its back page.

"I'll make it real easy for the Sunday World, Gordon Igesund and everybody by taking myself out the picture, then no stress," McCarthy tweeted on Sunday.

Igesund said McCarthy was free to make his own choices, but he hoped the veteran striker would not make hasty decisions about his future.

"I just hope he has not been influenced by any of the misrepresented comments I was supposed to have made," Igesund said.

"I certainly never said anything derogatory about him at any time."

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Comments
  • mmoledis - 2012-10-29 20:00

    Yes those are not good news for any person to just read about him on papers, but the decissions he want to take Mc Carthy are not good at all he is show no sign of maturity, he could have just ignored all those stories and see self to a coach if he choose him or not. Come on man let us not act like kids we are grwon ups and can not just be made angy by small things. This is life and if no body is gossiping about you, then it shows that you are not existing, but if they do then be happy knowing that you are existing and making some people feel your presence.If people are not talking about you then forget of making a mark in life, as it will mean your not there existing.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-29 20:25

    Big Ben needs to drop about 15 kilos and he will be able to walk into many a side...pls note I said walk and not jog ;-]

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-10-29 20:30

    Of course Benni is fat not fit! He knows he's finished, and can't make the grade in Europe hence he tried his luck at the PSL and was successful. \r\nAnd I'm 100% sure Benni will be the only player not selected on the criterion as outlined by Coach Gordom. Fitness and form!\r\nEverybody knows Benni is unfit, but occasionally picking form.\r\nSo Benni will keep accumulating money(for alcohol and braai) here is SA as he told some people last season how rich he was. So he definitely don't need PSL for surving, but for grooving! The mother#ucker is rich(by SA standards) we know.

  • phelelanimark.mnyango - 2012-10-29 22:21

    well iv got one thing to say if yall say he is fat which it is true bt fat or not fat Benni dilivers the goods what more do yall want he is the best striker in southafrican soccer ryt now and yall knw thats a fact.just let him play man coz at the end of the day you guys knw tht benni is world class....

  • thembelani.erasmus - 2012-10-29 22:36

    These stupid stories about benni drive me angry cz they ar destroying the player cz SA need him yes cz we dnt have any quality strikerz in our national team mantion any1 if we have them...benni can do the job for us

      phelelanimark.mnyango - 2012-10-30 10:44

      Lol mphela my ass ....u c u guys dnt knw soccer yall shld just go to slp ...benni is gud fat or anythn other then tht ke qha

  • andrew.worrall.5 - 2012-10-30 06:01

    Benni you behaving worse than my under 7's. If say horrible things about me then I'm not going to play...boohoo

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-10-30 07:34

    I hear Benni has just parked outside Wimpy and has ordered 3 helpings of that comprehensive breakfast meal. And I'm told the next stop will be Macdonalds

  • kgotso.selome - 2012-10-30 08:27

    I believe both Gordon and Fat Benny know how the media and sports analyst operates by now. regardless of benny's body mass, he is good, then he has to be in the squad provided he is better than the other strikers...

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-10-30 10:29

    Gayz are Thieves fans, and your myopic sunday world politicking journalist, stop writing comments are out of pure jealousy, u r jus not doing anythng good 4 soccer, hate him or not, Fat or not, Benni IS AND WILL REMAIN THE BEST PLAYER SA HAS EVER produced. You can add up all your amateurish Thieves players (thats if u know the basics of maths), they will never EVER match the talent Bennie has got. He plays for PIRATES, THE DOUBLE TREBLE CHAMPIONS, and he is yet to prove you all wrong yet again as pirates go 4 yet more silverware this season. UP WITH BENNIE!!

  • mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-10-30 13:55

    Let him stop eating like a pig, does he do a good perfomance at home, I dout.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-10-30 16:25

    king Pie

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-11-02 07:06

    People be hating on Benni like its crazy,Fat or not Fat,Fit or unfit,Benni will remain South Africa's best goal scorer of all tive ever,Sunday World newspaper must be banned cos their journalists don't do their work properly,all they are good at is to disrespect black people.

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