Benni: It’s been frustrating

2010-04-22 14:17

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy revealed his frustration at having to sit on the bench, while watching his West Ham United teammates fight relegation.

The former Blackburn Rovers star joined the Hammers for R34m in January, but has failed to secure a place in the starting line-up, despite the club’s English Premiership status being in danger.

“It’s really hard and really frustrating for me having to watch the tough fight for relegation,” said McCarthy. “I knew that I was coming to a fantastic club and a great team but unfortunately we’re in a horrible situation that nobody wants to find themselves in.

“You’ve got to dig in deep and fight for your lives in those last three games. We’ve got three games - two at home - and it’s life or death for us. We’ve definitely got the potential and the quality,” he told the English media..

McCarthy admits he is nearing full fitness. “I’m 90% fit. Sometimes I get fluid on my knee but I’ve just got to keep training. I’m fit enough to help when I’m needed.” 

Soccer Laduma

  • Forbidden-Fruit - 2010-04-22 14:34

    Poor Benni, trying so hard to get into the World Cup, as fit / fat as he is, but he knows South Africans are crazy and might just pick him for the tournament. The boy is finished, he can start planning life after soccer now..../

  • Luke - 2010-04-22 14:45

    I trust Parreira will allow Benni to watch the World Cup on TV.

  • win - 2010-04-22 14:54

    This guy has gotta be the joke of the century when it comes to football. No coach who spends more than a month with him actually wants to play him. He needs to take a long hard look at himself and answer some questions. I reckon he obviously is not fit. All the talk is to try and crack a place in the bafana side. Lets hope they leave him on a bench in the UK

  • clive mabiya - 2010-04-22 15:05

    Hang in there boet,next time we see you on tv will be on the British version of the biggest know what you can even present the whole thing there is a light bulb moment dont you think......

  • Mark - 2010-04-22 15:08

    There isn't really someone who can fill his boots in the Bafana team really. and if is finished, then John Smit is over the hill, the man can hardly play a match anymore!

  • mesh mould - 2010-04-22 15:13

    i think our coach must use fresh legs,not saying that benni does not deserve to be in the squad.benni is currently unfit for the world cup,so other players with international experience can be used.

  • stevovo - 2010-04-22 15:17

    We must stand by out countryman and he is going through rough patch and i would say he does not deserve this as he is our leading goal scorer in our national team and so Benni do not give up because your time is coming and when you get it mfana use it becuase very soon you will be back to our shores and playing for Amazulu or Cosmos Sure

  • JWAGA - 2010-04-22 15:20

    I am glad u are not fit enough to play for Bafana as well,u & your West Ham buddies can watch S Pienaar,lionel Messi & Christiano Ronaldo play in the world cup in South Africa from the stands cause they never turn their back on their countries when their needed most (U R NOT BIGGER THAN THE GAME MY FRIEND)

  • DUMI - 2010-04-22 15:51

    Form is temporary and Class is permanent,whether you guys like it or not Benni will always be a top quality player, He is currently not playing because he is injured. @ Win - which player have you seen walking into the starting line -up with an injury??? If you don't know what to say guys Just shut ur traps!

  • joe - 2010-04-22 15:54

    I think he must jst pray and hope that Parreira will pick him up since, funny thing he can't make it for a 1st eleven position!

  • Eric "eristo" Moela - 2010-04-22 16:01

    Thanx god let him suffer de consequences da boy he turned his country @ good times of his soccer careers, nw i thnk he fit/fat to play alongside John Smit in the mabokoboko team nd you Parreira dnt call da idiot like his frnd Fotune...hahahahaha. you thot u r than the country dog!

  • Eric "eristo" Moela - 2010-04-22 16:13

    Thanx god let him suffer de consequences da boy he turned his country @ good times of his soccer careers, nw i thnk he fit/fat to play alongside John Smit in the mabokoboko team nd you Parreira dnt call da idiot like his frnd Fotune...hahahahaha. you thot u r than the country dog!

  • Chris - 2010-04-22 16:33

    Bafana is going to get whipped anyway so why let Benni enjoy the exposure when he has let us down so many times. Pay the price friends here.

  • win - 2010-04-22 16:36

    From one coach to the next DUMI, they right next to Benni, and the minute they work with him they don't want him. It must tell you something. I reckon Benni is a spent force. I agree about class been better than form, but when you past it you past it, same as we are not playing Jomo in 2010. Same as Maradona is not playing anymore, Benni is past it. When last did he score a goal. I reckon his current team have paid 34 million rand to much

  • Jim - 2010-04-22 16:38

    Zola is no mug. He would not pay R34 million for an inferior player. McCarthy's problem is that he is not fully fit. If he was he would not be on the bench. West Ham are in a difficult and dangerous position as far as relegation is concerned. They have injury problems not only with McCarthy. If Zola had his way McCarthy would not even be on the bench. He is only there because he can manage a short spell and relieve another player. Good players get injured. Torres is out now for the rest of the season. I hope McCarthy is fit for the SWC. From what I have seen on TV the South African squad look to be well drilled, motivated and fit. Apart from JZ's assessment they are also very underrated.

  • Mr'Fantastic - 2010-04-22 16:39

    SAFA must be fair in this situation.Beny has contrubuted a lot in our national be fair for aur star player why dont they offer him a 102cm TV to watch the world cup.Maybe also offer him a vuvuzela to be behind nation. He need all this free this is our pig we must feed it.

  • Diale KF - 2010-04-22 16:45

    It is unfortunate that he is not getting time to play out there.One would look at him to privide quality fire power and shape the team upfront,howwever with the current state of his game that hope is not bright any longer.Though there are some lessons for him here we wish him all the best when Parraira finally decides.

  • Amelam - 2010-04-22 17:10

    Don't be fooled by the R34 million - that is what is paid for has beens. Steven Pienaar is valued in excess of R120 million at the moment and thart is not even regarded as much nowadays.

  • sias - 2010-04-22 17:52

    Benni does not deserve to sit on the bench. Both his previous coaches made a fault. Benni should sit in the stand as a spectator. Hope Parreira will send him to the stands.

  • dumi - 2010-04-22 18:05

    what goes around comes around BIG BEN,sorry dogg but u not gonna make the cut 4 the world cup squad

  • Ronnie "Shibobo" - 2010-04-22 18:24


  • goodman - 2010-04-22 19:49

    In a recent article(2 days ago) on the Blackburn website Benni is called a creative God .....that says it all

  • Realist - 2010-04-23 08:12

    Amazing that in a time when experience is paramount a player with champions league and portuguese league winning credentials not to mention the once top scorer in the portuguese is left out of a squad filled with mediocre players. There is so much talent both in SA (mostly the south) and abroad and yet the best team is never chosen

  • dronkie - 2010-04-23 08:32

    All you chaps talk k** about Bennie yet there is no one that can score goals for SA...Bennie has been all over the World, playing in the best leauges...has a UEFA championship medal (remeber the goals he scored to eliminate Man U)...He may not be able to run all over the park like he did when he was younger but he has the experience to score vital goals and I am sure that the younsters will be alot more confident having someone like him, Nasief and Pienaar around them.....Benni in tha 18 AREA !!!

  • Sam - 2010-04-23 09:35

    I would play bennie for 20 min in games where we are drawing or loosing. while i have issues with the way he behaved, ge has talent or maybe the english and europeans that rate this boy are dumb idiots and we South African know soccer, anyway it sems to be mostly rugby supporter here at news 24.5

  • Bryan - 2010-04-23 10:12

    Benni has turned his back on SA in the past but we will need him if we're going to score any goals in this World Cup

  • Raphiel Sonders - 2010-04-23 10:22

    Hey Benni is finished and I am glad he is sitting on the bench he is arrogant and full of S.... So yha he deserves it, ohh another thing I wish Perrera doesn't get influenced by SAFA to include this childish prick! What goes around comes around

  • Raphiel Sonders - 2010-04-23 10:25

    Hey Benni is finished and I am glad he is sitting on the bench he is arrogant and full of S.... So yha he deserves it, ohh another thing I wish Perrera doesn't get influenced by SAFA to include this childish prick! What goes around comes around

  • coloured - 2010-04-23 10:36

    I would like to say the team is in a crisis and we need Benni and even though he is out of shape he is still better than all other SA strikers we got on about Mpela, Nomvete, Parker they are in their prime of football do not score goals so what makes them different from Benni. Mpela is still in the team cause of the goal he scored against Spain, Bernard Parker is useless and Nomvete fok him. Benni make us proud in the world cup as you know you are already selected and all the arsholes it wont come as a suprise. After all stevie P cant do it on his own and he is not playing with the Toffies he is playing with real Moffies. We know that Nasief will not be playing to make place for the useless defenders and Bryce any other right back can eat you shiiit in that squard. My starting 11 would be Khune,Moon,Masilela,Nasief,Gould,Pienaar,Teko(must move his arse,)Dikgacoi, Van Heerden, Bennie and Sibaya that team is likey to take us to the 2nd round the bench is still useless. Go South Africa screw the name Bafana actually sounds idiotic.

  • goodman - 2010-04-23 12:53

    When Benni steps onto the field he lifts the spirit of his fellow players, the fans, and even the whole of South Africa, that is what we need now in the Bafana Bafana team, someone who believes in himself, who believes he can do anything (in the 18yard area lol! ). Teko is supposed to do this now with the local squad in Germany but it is as if he is not even there, I know he is waiting for Benni, so it is time for King Benni to step in and let South Africans believe we can do it, we can perform beyond expectations at the 2010 world cup.

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