Benni: Reconcile? Never!

2011-12-13 18:40

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy said that the relationship he might have held with the Wits coaches will never be reconciled again following a much reported fracas during the Telkom Knockout final at the weekend.

"It's never going to happen," said McCarthy on Tuesday, soon after picking up the cup's Striker of the Tournament accolade.

McCarthy and former Bafana Bafana team-mate in Wits assistant coach, Eric Tinkler, had a heated war of words in the rain-soaked match where Pirates lifted their first league cup, winning 3-1 at a sold-out Moses Mabhida Stadium.

It apparently started when McCarthy stepped on Wits fullback Sipho Mngomezulu in the first-half, with Tinkler on the near side bench going after McCarthy where he allegedly chirped that the 34-year-old was being "paid by the kilo".

McCarthy's weight problems after a spade of injuries in the last two years are well documented, with the two supposedly nearly coming to blows after a pushing row at the stadium tunnel during the interval break.

"I'm a Scorpio. I'm nice to everyone, I'm friendly and down to earth, and don't know why people always judge and have a different perspective of me," McCarthy said.

"I forgave them. Whatever happened, said and wasn't said, in my world, they don't exist.

"I am sure they don't exist in theirs. It's swept under the carpet, we just won't see each other in the same light as we might have done before the game.

"My weight is alright now. I've played a full 90 minutes in two weeks, which is good. Some say I'm still over, good luck to the haters."

According to Pirates communications officer, Mickey Modisane, Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza encouraged that the matter be resolved in private.

Neither of the sides will lay an official complaint on the incident to the Premier Soccer League.

"The chairman came out and gave a statement yesterday (Monday)," Modisane said.

"He gave it in hope that McCarthy, (Wits coach) Roger De Sa and Tinkler can go and solve it.

"From our side, it's gone. It's finished."

While De Sa, who also doubles as Wits' chief executive, admitted that there was a comment from the bench towards McCarthy, he said "it's swept under the carpet now, we are not even going to entertain it. In fact we've learned a lot about people.

"Benni was over the top in a tackle to one of our players with his studs up, and we got up on the bench, and then he also has a go at us.

"(Chirping) it's all part of the game, I had it too, and when you are playing sport you must handle it. Everybody knows he has weight problem and it's easy to pick on that in that kind of situation.

"I didn't see what happened in the tunnel because I was already in the dressing room, apparently he had a go at our player and Tinkler tried to stop it, and Benni shoved him.

"After the match, I tapped him on the shoulder to say 'well done' and he said he didn't respect me, and then went on about how much money he makes.

"It's all egos and I'm not going to waste my time on that."

De Sa said that it was unfair that the situation seemed to take some gloss from an outstanding Pirates performance.

He also felt that the latest criticism about his side's 'breaking the bones' - mocking Pirates' signature skull and bones logo - celebration in their 3-1 league win last month was not fair, as others have done it before.

"It's unfair that this situation in the media has taken away the spotlight of a good Pirates performance on the day," said De Sa.

"We are also not the first, and won't be the last team to 'break' the bones."


  • Dmitri - 2011-12-13 19:20

    "McCarthy's weight problems after a spade of injuries " Huh???

      Deon - 2011-12-14 08:07

      KFC hurt him most.

      Shoosh - 2011-12-16 12:25

      from trying to fit a spade full of slap chips into his vuil bek.

  • khutso.b - 2011-12-13 19:40

    shame... no wonder he came back to SA

  • morganpiek - 2011-12-13 19:49

    Get a life you useless wanker!

  • Kevin - 2011-12-13 20:11

    the Benni haters are back... shame

      Tammas - 2011-12-14 08:35

      Ye Ye !!! he looks like a porcine

      Shoosh - 2011-12-16 12:27

      what's up Kevin, don't you like the comments the people are saying about your fat gay girlfriend?

  • Craig - 2011-12-13 20:26

    What a pre-madonna!!!! The true greats behave with dignity, this guy has none!!

  • Chaapo - 2011-12-13 21:06

    He is still an imbecile. Money does not buy class that is the message from this overgrown boy who wants to push a non-existent tough boy image. He may be the best player in SA and that just goes to show the level of skills. It is nothing to brag about when one is a big fish in a very small pond.

  • AndrĂ© - 2011-12-13 21:08

    This happens when a player gets bigger than the game!!

  • Yanga - 2011-12-14 03:39

    As long as we're winning 'em Cups, you can talk whatever trash you want Benni..! Big ups my man... Win us trophies and stack ya paper my brother... Cos you know, haters are gonna hate, cos that's their job man... Us guys that appreciate... Awwwehness brother!

      Tokollo - 2011-12-14 07:59

      Benni in the 18 arear :-). You are spot on Yanga. Benni enjoying his game and playing well. This is the player that has enough character to see as through as the Mighty Buc represent South Africa in the championship. And the only reason why there are haters is because Benni is proving the critics wrong with every game.

  • Mandla Blackman Mabena - 2011-12-14 05:10

    I was shocked after the game to see an experienced Benni Go at a young and exciting player like Chapman for his celebration of breaking bones, we have seen it before and its part of the game other players are still going to do it, when swallows or a player scores against swallows its normal to see a player showing a sign of wings being clipped, Benni must play his soccer it was just a matter of time before his foul reputation surfaces, he always allows his ego get the better of him, I bet this is just the beginning. Please Benni stop talking about how much you making you done that before, we did not forget how you snubbed Bafana but we forgave,so you nearing the end of your career so Boss just do your thing in the field.

  • Mthunzi Phakathi - 2011-12-14 06:35

    I believe our football and our sports in general needs this sort of character. Our country is too polite n too soft. Benni has so much time on the ball its rediculous reminds me of his peak days. Big up for some drama

  • Tokollo - 2011-12-14 07:54

    Benni did win the striker of the tournament and shortlisted for best player of the tournament. I guess the haters like will continue to try and bring him down but lets be honest here, why hate the player rather hate the game cause it's really making him shine. He is playing well and contributing to Pirates success. Benni is settling in well with the team and enjoying it....

  • Michelle - 2011-12-14 08:14

    Benni seriously - you not that good - youre not irriplacable - short your nonsense out because there are lots of better players with less drama waiting to step up to the plate!

      mrmogoswane - 2011-12-14 10:14

      Please name one, because coach pitso is waiting....

      Mthunzi Phakathi - 2011-12-15 06:17

      Please spare me, hv u watched the guy play? He is not only a natural poacher he also has touches and skill that reminds one of ronaldo de lima, which means he creates space for others. Maybe ur attack is more personal and influenced by our biased media

      rossallenronnie - 2011-12-26 15:18

      michelle show me one beter player hmmm there is none not even katlhego mpela can be beter michelle benni is the best there is not even lucas radebe can come near him benni acomplish everything in europe and come back to RSA to pull this league of us up as it is not what it use to be remember the song "tkzee shibobo benni in the area " live with it to those haters only one thing for you "l "l" l"read between the lines if you dont understand in plain AFRIKAANS " MIDDEL VINGER INNIE LIG"

  • Thapelo - 2011-12-14 08:24

    benni tells it like it is. Most people take a lot of crap from others thats why our country is going down no one is prepared to stand up and fight. Chapman will never do what he did again and tinkler and de sa are going to shut up from now on. I see no one cares about what was said to benni he is human and must defend himself by anymeans.

  • Richard - 2011-12-14 08:38

    Benni speaks kaak, we do not need that tendency here in Mzansi. He must grow up

  • George - 2011-12-14 09:38

    showing his true colours........

  • Brent - 2011-12-14 13:36

    small mind + small heart = small man.

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