Benni: I let myself down

2011-04-15 09:17

Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy has told Sky Sports News that "he let it slip."

The former South African international striker has opted to leave West Ham United, after being frozen out of the club's first-team plans.

He spent one year at Upton Park and failed to score for the Hammers, during a stint he claims was blighted by injury.

Benni is a proven Premier League goalscorer and remains the only South African to lift the Uefa Champions League trophy.

So it is clear that the Hammers never saw the real McCarthy.

And according to the former Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto and Blackburn hit-man, a long-term calf injury caused his Hammers career to fizzle out and die.

"I let it slip, I could have been better towards myself," he admitted.

"I let myself down. I just went hiding under a rock because I couldn't deal with the fact I was injured.

"I never trained how I could train because obviously I was out for two months (with a calf injury) so I wasn't allowed to train or anything - it was just treatment, treatment, treatment."

Explaining why he decided to leave Upton Park instead of banking his cash from the bench, Benni said: "It was a situation where I was there but I wasn't really there. I was getting paid for doing nothing - that's not my style."

And according to the one-time hero of Mzansi, he no longer communicates with Hammers boss Avram Grant, although he does not hold it against the relegation fighting Israeli.

"I don't really know when I last spoke to him - but he's got a lot on his plate at the moment," Benni said.

"The club's been fantastic to me - you can't ask for better treatment from the medical staff, it has been brilliant.

"[Grant] is a nice guy, he's got his own personality. Who am I to say he is a bad man-to-man manager?

"He's got more things to worry about than wishing me the best of luck."

Soccer Laduma

  • chiepner - 2011-04-15 09:46

    Wait a sec? Benni let it slip just for a few months due to a "calf injury". Look the guy has lived the high life. He has tasted success and once the cash came rolling in he sat on his but, refused to honour simple calls to represent his country due to more than a handfull of excuses and the list goes on. Benni always had an excuse for everything. He was a brilljiant player "once" but I think mentally he is weak and also developed an ego that made everything worse. He became a liability everywhere he gone and now he all of a sudden recons he let himself down? Its a case of too little too late Benni. Your fans, friends & foe's all warned you of your ability to do nothing and expect everything. Now its a bit to late. You had your day in the sun and to see a possible great SA players of all time to be reduced and wither away like a sunset in the winter afternoon is sad, but like the saying goes Benni. You reap what you sow, YOU reap what YOU sow.

      Tintin - 2011-04-15 11:08

      i read your post and immediately get worried. i look at my life and realize that i'm not too far off in behaviour. its blerrie scarry.... iv'e got to jack-up....

      Ntsikei - 2011-04-15 11:32

      @ Chiepner, U have sad what all of us wanted to say..............................except; "We wish all the young up and coming sport stars learn from Benni's Mistake" well sad broer!

      CITIZEN - 2011-04-16 08:43

      that is what we supporters do when a player is in form he is the best but when they make mistakes and through away his career we bad mouth him im sorry but not me benni you made a mistake so what you done everything we could not do top goal scorer for south africa win league champoinships and uefa champoins leaugue title only person i know who scored 4goals for south africa in one game to me you will stay my favourite player so chiepner you got a right to your opinion but you and alot of other people are wrong about benni

      Whuyu - 2011-04-18 10:40

      He is a fat slob pig. He must return to the streets he came from 'cos no amount of money will buy you class. Henever was a class act. The fact that he scored the goals is a non-entity.........that was his job. If a defender had scored all those goals....different story.........Benni should be called Benni-Mac.....................Ambassodor to MacDonalds......LOL.....

      G7 - 2011-04-18 11:49

      Benni is a proven Premier League goalscorer and remains the only South African to lift the Uefa Champions League trophy.

  • Kaapie - 2011-04-15 09:49

    Call it Hanover Park attitude

      Kano - 2011-04-15 11:23

      You have no idea what a Hanover Park attitude is! It is the same attitude that got him Champions League Medal. Rather refrain from speaking about something you know nothing about!

      Kaapie - 2011-04-18 10:40

      Kano I come from the area and know what I'm talking about. While he may have won a Champions league medal and done a hell of a lot better than most of SAs exports he stil walked around with an attitude that Sa cant do without him. Dont talk to me about something I know nothing about. Come from the area Duh

      Kano - 2011-04-18 11:29

      @Kaapie - Hullo, 28 Ryston road was my address... - We admit Benni's got issues no doubt, but lets not make the Guy out to be a total loser, coming from Hanover Park to where he is now, you must admit is a "Moerse" achievement and should be acknowledge, specially that he did that post 1994. So lets get the Hanover Park attitude into perspective, I lived there, post 1994 this country had nothing for us, we were dumped in Hanover Park from places such as District 6 - Which is why 'I think' Benni struggle's with patriosm and he is not the only one.

  • ThabosM12 - 2011-04-15 09:53

    Hindsight gives you 20/20 vision my boy

      KingKenny7 - 2011-04-15 10:34

      In hindsight dont we all wish we could have done things differently - takes courage to admit it to your country and maybe ask for forgiveness which is never an easy thing. This c ountry is built on forgiveness we need to shoulder some of Bennis burden and grant him some solace - we are all human after all.

  • Shonny - 2011-04-15 09:59

    skill and brains go hand in hand boy!!!

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-04-15 09:59

    Benni's excuses come one after another. A typical new South Effrican attitude.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-04-15 12:07

      Aren't you sick of being embarrassed by having to excuse pathetic individuals who make the same mistakes over and over? No. I see you would rather have a go at someone for telling the truth and swear at them rather than admit there is something wrong. Benni's attitude has been poor for years, demonstrating a level of maturity one would consider poor for a 3 year old. There is nothing wrong with being realistic. Nothing at all. Start to handle the truth.

      Ace Frehley - 2011-04-15 13:22

      The truth? You defend your pathetic racist remark - ascribing an attitude to the new South Africa - the truth? KingKenny was being kind when he called you a cynical c*nt. Personally I think you're more of an idiotic twat.

  • zulufox - 2011-04-15 10:17

    your weight pulled you down chief

      geewiz - 2011-04-15 12:07

      The anchor in any team: going nowhere with him around!

  • Stateman - 2011-04-15 10:21

    Its not to late Benni, you can still pick yourself up and make a difference in various other ways. DONT LET YOURSELF DOWN AGAIN.

      Tintin - 2011-04-15 11:08

      nice one...

      geewiz - 2011-04-15 12:10

      Now THAT'S some comment! Good one Statesman!

  • Rover_ZA - 2011-04-15 10:22

    Say what you want about the man, his talent has never been in question. Sometimes it's only at the end of your career you learn what you needed to know to have made a success of yourself. I'd bet on his experience being a big boost if he could keep his ego in check.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-04-15 10:40

    Benni you had a bad attitude. Remember you said SA soccer needed you than you need them. You played your cards all wrong from the beggining coz you thought you were bigger than the game. Life goes on for the SA side but you, I am sorry to say nobody will want to take you even as a coach. You are bad influence.

  • POLS_G - 2011-04-15 10:41

    Benni said: "It was a situation where I was there but I wasn't really there. I was getting paid for doing nothing - that's not my style." Yeah right! you have laso been winging for more money to represent SA, I am not ocming ot the National team, I am too godd for that, etc.

  • Nate - 2011-04-15 10:42

    Still proud of you brother, you have achieved what most of us only dream of. Your reign as a footballer may be at an end, so start looking at new avenues.

  • Kano - 2011-04-15 10:44

    Sure Benni's got his issues, but who of the fools commenting here can say they have achieved an 8th of what this guy has, in half his lifetime. So shut-up and go to work you morons!

      geewiz - 2011-04-15 12:02

      I guess that includes you too, right? SHHHH!

      vsquad - 2011-04-15 13:16

      You 2 moron. you`re bored.. play sumself .. chicken

  • motsokwane - 2011-04-15 10:54

    I wonder how he is going to replace his front false teeth in the future, another state liability is coming.

  • soccer fan - 2011-04-15 11:38

    I wish people would stop pretending to know what Benni is or isnt. He is still the only SA Player to win Champions League and he did us proud on the field in the Bafana strip. I hate how we kick our players when they are down :( I for one hope he can get his career back on track and retire with dignity in a year or two because he deserves it for his contribution to SA Football

      geewiz - 2011-04-15 12:06

      He kicked his country when it needed him the most, payback time, I guess. Look, let's settle the issue right here: Benni is outrageously talented - his record speaks for itself - BUT character is non-existent. If Benni was a soldier in real life in a proper army, he would have been shot dead at the first sign of mutiny, so the fact that he has come so far is a miracle. Sorry, mate, all the achievements does not take away the pain he caused the SA fans. Life's a b***h, kry vir jou!

      lenand40 - 2011-04-15 14:15

      I am not sure where you have been in the past few years. The guy was given numerous chances until coaches could not deal with it anymore. the idea that he is bigger than the country is silly. He may have won the Champion's trophy, but he was part of a team (and not on his own). Great players retire without ever winning a trophy, but that does not devalue their contribution, while some players win trophies through pure luck. Drogba has never won the Champion's League, but are we to say that McCarthy is better than Drogba? Drogba has always played when needed.

      croix - 2011-04-15 15:29

      There's a saying : "Anyone, anytime and under any given set of cicumstances, will ALWAYS do the best he's capable of..................."

      croix - 2011-04-15 15:31

      .... circumst......

  • geewiz - 2011-04-15 12:09

    Limelight eluded you, I see? Shame.

  • - 2011-04-15 13:14

    Excuse me, he pockets TWO MILLION POUNDS as payoff for the remainder of his contract What does he mean getting money for nothing 'IS NOT MY STYLE'?????

  • chezzy - 2011-04-15 13:17

    He should go back to Cape Town and help the up and coming (kullid) soccer teens to also achieve their dreams

  • Ace Frehley - 2011-04-15 13:18

    No Benni, you didn't let yourself down. You let your whole country down. Hopefully you've grown up and will now start doing justice to your talent.

      Madoda - 2011-04-15 14:05

      Benni U did well for yourself and FAMILY,U looked well after them.Good luck Mate and all the best in the future. None of our Soccer Stars have achieved what U have.

  • lenand40 - 2011-04-15 14:11

    Who ever wrote the article must have been paid by McCarthy, because it internationally leaves out the fact he was FAT and was fined endlessly for being FAT. Please stop treating us like kids. McCarthy is indeed responsible for his fate and arrogance. Stop these stupid puff pieces.

  • Bookworm - 2011-04-15 19:05

    fair enough, lets all wish benni the best of luck for his future and send him on his merry way. maybe he can come to east london to help coach and sponsor my soccer club for underprivileged boys that i run on the smell of an oil rag. we could really do with your help here benni..........

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