McCarthy: I'm done with Bafana

2011-11-06 16:43

Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy, South Africa's all-time leading scorer, says he is done playing for national side Bafana Bafana, local media reported Sunday.

"You don't want to be having old throngs hanging around the national team," said the 33-year-old striker, who has 31 goals in 79 matches for South Africa.

"Now is the time where they should be building a new talent of players," the SAPA news agency quoted him as saying.

McCarthy, who had international stints with FC Porto, Blackburn and West Ham, has struggled with injuries recently, but delivered a cracking performance on Saturday for his new side, Orlando Pirates.

His two second-half goals gave the team a 2-1 win over rivals Moroka Swallows and a place in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals.

McCarthy was dropped from Bafana Bafana's final squad for the 2010 World Cup amid struggles with his fitness.


  • Russell - 2011-11-06 18:14

    Maybe he was bleak because the national sponsor was not KFC?

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2011-11-06 18:17

    Benni's experience is still required for Bafana-Bafana. He hasn't played for national team for ages but still the leading goal scorer. But I know Pitso has his favourites and will overlook him.

      Chloe - 2011-11-06 20:17

      Please Humphrey, do you know anything about soccer ? The guy can't even make west ham, how on earth can he make bafana ? Stick to bowls bur, and maybe benni toooo !!!

      Henry - 2011-11-06 21:44

      @humphrey.s.mbothwe "I bet you didn't even watch a game last night where he scored two magnificent goals against Jomo Cosmos...." Shows how much you know...He scored the goals against Swallows, not Cosmos...Guess you didn't watch the game either...or read the above article.....schmuck!!

      mzi.shoma - 2011-11-08 14:44

      Ag no Benni forget it man, we buliding a 2014 team here. How old will you be by then. Lets face, strategically you are not on the plan.

  • jerry.kb - 2011-11-06 18:23

    He is tired yet he can still make it. The decision to go forward is entirely his. He still has a bright future ahead of him at Orlando pirates, though.

      mzi.shoma - 2011-11-08 14:45

      You put that very well Jerrry "at Orlando Pirates"

  • Boitumelo - 2011-11-07 10:55

    If its him saying so, nothing can be done bout it. Many players played into their late years for their National teams,one who comes to mind is R Milla. If it was up to me I would pick him based on his form and nothing else.

      mzi.shoma - 2011-11-08 14:47

      Fresh blood please.

  • Cuthbert - 2011-11-07 12:59

    You got it wrong Benni. Bafana were 'done' with you first , last year before the world cup in case you have forgotten. As a matter of fact if called up I know you will be first to arrive to camp and the first one to complain about low bonuses. Spare us the Mr Humble Guy act.

  • Peter - 2011-11-07 13:31

    Trouble is Benni, that you are so stupid you actually didnt know how good you were, booze food and women whatever order,you ruined your career yourself.

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  • Tokollo - 2011-11-07 15:16

    Benni and Nomvete's experince was required at qualification stages but now that SAFA & Pitso messed our chances we need to groom young players and find a coach with a vision cos we are totally in the dark when it comes to football and football administration in this country.

      mzi.shoma - 2011-11-08 14:48

      Couldn't agree with you more Tokollo

  • Martin - 2011-11-07 19:03

    Benni, Benni, Benni, Benni, Benni is old and beyond his best, wat5 can he offer, except for those two lucky goals againts the Birds. Let him enjoy his millions in peace.

  • ztoefy - 2011-11-08 14:00

    to all those critics that said he was useless, I bet you are eating your words right about now. Best thing he could ever have done by playing in the PSL so that he could prove to everyone that at his age and "Fitness" he is still better than most of our top strikers.

      mzi.shoma - 2011-11-08 14:49

      Is Benni good or is it our soccer standard that is dropping

  • VRalph - 2011-11-09 17:23

    You guys cant say anything good to his performance againts swollows...only a few comments. And now that he do not want to be part of Bafana and you badmouth him again..... SA got to many spectators... very quick to observe and talk Sh$T

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