Somma the next Benni?

2011-05-24 12:02

Johannesburg - Former national team skipper Lucas Radebe has backed Bafana Bafana striker Davide Somma to follow in the footsteps of Benni McCarthy.

Somma made his debut for Bafana against the USA in a friendly international in November last year and has formed part of the national team squad since.

The former San Jose Earthquakes ace has also been named in Pitso Mosimane's squad that will do battle against Egypt in a crucial 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier next month.

The former Kaizer Chiefs defender believes that the 26-year-old is now a vital part of the Bafana set-up and says he has all the qualities to become a "prolific" goalscorer for his country - not unlike McCarthy, who is South Africa's all time leading marksman with 31 goals in 79 games.

"He is great. Actually, I did mention him to Pitso a while ago, because I go down to Leeds now and then and I told Pitso I have heard about him," Radebe told

"What a great guy and what great potential as well. You know when I saw him I realised that he can offer something different to the national team, especially as a striker, because he can score goals.

"Because we need someone who is going to be prolific like Benni McCarthy, someone we can put our faith on and someone who is quality and I think that Davide Somma is that kind of player.

"He can come into the team and do something different and hopefully he can score goals and help us achieve big things you know, because he has the experience that we need."


  • Rooikat - 2011-05-24 12:38

    I hope he's not such a self centred plonker.

  • Rampage15 - 2011-05-24 12:41

    he is doesn't have half Benni's talent I'm not being nasty but it's the fact. He is a good striker he reminds me of George ktidroustrbj the greek guy lol. He is that type of striker. The person u can compare with Benni is Killer Mphela.

      Aldrich - 2011-05-24 12:48

      George Koumaterakis - you chop

      Winston - 2011-05-24 12:50

      @ RAMPAGE. Are u stoned ??? Half the talent of Benni??? he definitly has halve the weight! Killer is nothing like Benni! I rate Killer as better than Benni!

      Mojojo - 2011-05-24 13:07

      Rampage15. Benni might have twice Somma's Talent, and I will agree, but Benni does not have work ethic, discipline or the smarts, and never reached his full potential. Talent these days mean very little if you not willing to put your head down and do some hard work as well. I can't wait to see Serero in mid filed link up with a striker like Somma who needs someone with a killer through ball like Serero. Also, Serero has that ability to make space and draw the defence thereby opening up his strikers. Can't wait to see them play together in the future.

      Patriot - 2011-05-24 13:57

      @Winston - Killer is better? He is 26 and not yet overseas. How can he be better than Benni? Sure Benni was lazy etc but he definitely was our best player ever. I hope SAFA don't make Somma pay for his own flights and hotel accommodation and schedule matches outside of the international window. Look at that stupid friendly they played a few weeks back! Did they really expect Somma and Pienaar to leave their team to come play a friendly?

      Winston - 2011-05-24 14:33

      @ Patriot. Killer has played 38 games for SA and already scored 19.. Benni played 79 and scored 31. I think Killer can go on and be better than Benni. Far better!

      Patriot - 2011-05-24 15:01

      @Winston - I am not saying he isn't good I am saying he isn't as good as Benni. If he was he would have been playing in an overseas league getting paid much more. Benni knocked Man U out of the Champions League.

      Mzansisoka - 2011-05-25 09:23

      @ WINSTON - During Benni's prime S.A used to play very difficult and challenging games. SO comparing goals scored by Mphela against terrible sides like SIerra Leone is just desperate!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-24 12:47

    ...follow in the footsteps of Benni...hehehehe.. Wish Somma well... Mphela, Pienaar, & Bongani Khumalo are the 3 keys.. Anyway,it's about time we got back into the top 20 in the world..

  • Huey Freeman - 2011-05-24 12:49

    A striker who can score goals will be bring something different to the team? ouch Lucas. That's nasty.

      Lebo - 2011-05-25 14:58

      LOL!! Dude you've just made my day! hahahahaha

  • Lucy_Fer - 2011-05-24 12:52

    Hopefully he does not follow Benni too closely...... Would hate to see another talented footballer wreck his career because of bad attitude to become another "Super Size me - BigMac".

  • Andre Janse v Vuuren - 2011-05-24 13:10

    Not sure whether it is a good or bad thing to be the next Benni...

      RobinHood - 2011-05-24 13:48

      Thought the same thing - Benni the blimp???

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  • ikey_tiger - 2011-05-24 13:47

    Awesome!!! Lucas knows talent when he sees it and lets all hope Davide gets enough game-time to come into his own in the Bafana squad. As we all saw in the World Cup, we have a great football team, we just lacked finishing.. This guy might just be the answer and hopefully the start of greatness. GO BAFANA GO!!!!

      Cuba12 - 2011-05-24 14:22

      Agreed, hopefully he will prove Lucas right when we take on Egypt

  • Jason - 2011-05-24 13:56

    What loads of talent and lazy

  • JIMBO99 - 2011-05-24 14:08

    Ive seen this guy play live many times, he is really electric, has a brilliant turn and a top finisher in the box.. Certainly should be given a full game with UNSELFISH midfielders who are willing to set up there strikers and not take ridiculous shot from nowhere...

  • Coconut - 2011-05-24 14:16

    Let us all hope and pray that he does not develop the same arrogant attitude that the Fat Benni Plonker did. Go for it David Somma, the world is your oyster, make the most of it and remember to always be humble and grateful of the talent that you were given and more so the opportunities..

  • sizwemqobo - 2011-05-24 16:09

    Whow!! 31 goals off 79 games, is this the standard our strikers should emulate? In 48 games he was on strike.

      Patriot - 2011-05-25 08:42

      Lol. Scoring 39% of his matches is a good return for a striker in a team with most of the other players not on his level. Go take a look at Messi's stats for Argentina, or Cristiano or Rooney etc etc, all below 39%. This list could go on forever! Alan Shearer averaged 50% and he was a legend.

  • kahuru1 - 2011-05-24 16:11

    Okay, let's not get carried away, the guy has yet to prove himself ... I say let us wait and see.

  • Ramudzuli Richard - 2011-05-24 16:29

    Its high time Pitso gives this youngstar a chance. this is better than Paker and Mphela.

  • Mike - 2011-05-25 13:13

    That is great we have found a striker who can score goals now he must be given the chance to do it.

  • Vezudumo - 2011-05-25 15:39

    I agree totally with Lucas regarding Somma

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