'Enough already' about Benni

2012-03-02 10:07

Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane has insisted there is no place for Benni McCarthy in Bafana Bafana, despite the worsening goal-scoring crisis in his team, according to the Sowetan.

Calls for the inclusion of McCarthy have grown louder as the Bafana coach battles to find a prolific forward to partner prime striker Katlego Mphela.

"Really guys, you're still on the same topic? We've answered this before, can we get past this (Benni McCarthy) question now," Mosimane responded when asked if he could consider bringing the Pirates hitman out of international retirement.

"We are building a team for the future and we need to give youngsters a chance. Yes, there is a problem as far as scoring is concerned, but we will turn the corner."

McCarthy's improved form and quality has been too much to ignore lately, as the veteran striker proves key to Orlando Pirates' ambitions this season. When asked three months ago if he would consider a recall to Bafana, McCarthy expressed his reluctance at a return to international football. Yet he acknowledged the fact that his experience could still prove useful to the youngsters, most of whom are still finding their feet on the bigger international stage.

"Time has passed for players like me, Sibusiso Zuma and Siyabonga Nomvethe. We've passed it now. Now is the time where we should look to the future," said McCarthy, who remains Bafana's all-time leading goalscorer with 32 goals.

Again Mosimane's players created good scoring chances, but weren't decisive enough to halt their eight-match winless streak as they played out a dull draw against the Teranga Lions at home.


  • BJ - 2012-03-02 10:12

    At least our soccer management is one up on their cricket counterparts - no place for lazy, arrogant, overweight has-beens.

      jrheeder - 2012-03-02 10:48

      As much as I dont like Smith, you have to also take note that we are ranked in the top 3 in each form of cricket, conversely, I wonder where banana banana are ranked..

      BJ - 2012-03-02 11:25

      Ranked in the top 3 - of a sport taken seriously my about 10 countries. You can't compare rankings for obscure sports like rugby and cricket to a global game like soccer.

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-02 11:40

      @ BJ - please check the rugby rankings for example. a team like finland are ranked 93 i think. rwc and cwc are the 3rd and 4th biggest events on earth. cricket and rugby make us proud at least!

      Mohammed Afzal Jhetam - 2012-03-02 12:01

      When did cricket ever make you proud? At least Bafana Bafana won a major event, the African Cup of Nations, what did the Proteas ever win? I support all our national teams, but don't mix the sport with each other. Cricket is a small sport when compared to soccer. However Bafana are far below par since winning the AFCON.

      Deon - 2012-03-02 12:28

      It sounds like you were describing the soccer coach, he should go. The Proteas did win an ICC trophy some years ago and also won the price of best Test team once when Pollock was still the captain. We are on the brink of winning it again.

  • Konapi - 2012-03-02 10:53

    “Building team for the future” Mnxm we dint watch our national team (Bafana Bafana) in the AFCON bcoz our coach *Pitso* is building team for the future, at the same time you have you played eight winless matches. When are you going to get the turning point? Why we are keeping on telling you the same story, remember we love Bafana Bafana and we are not about what is currently happening.

  • berni.vanrooyen - 2012-03-02 10:57

    Give Jomo a Call Do yourself a favour and give Jomo a call. It is not without reason that Jomo called Benni his lucky charm. Pitso, you must realise that Benni is far away from his "sell by" date. If you think that way, you will obviously not use him. Benni is not in his "wonder" years but he is far from finished. If you think he cannot deliver, you will ask, why should I use him. What you have to do is approach this matter differently. Benni has posture, skills, experience, stability and so much more. He is not in the game for money, dude. He is there for the love of the game. What you have to do is ask yourself how can I harness all of those positives to make Bafana a better team? That is exactly what Irvin Khoza has done because he had to insight to do so. Benni can provide the spark in training, in the dressing room, in the planning that will ignite the potential of the youngsters. Once that happens, you have to keep it going by keeping him fired him so that he can instill the fire in the youngsters. In fact, he should long have been in that position because SA Soccer cannot discard our best talents to the rubbish dump when their playing days are finished. The likes of Mark Fish, Khumalo, Eric Tinkler etc must be harnessed so that it can be passed onto the youngsters. Throw that away and you will condemn SA Soccer to the trash heap. It's about time that someone in SAFA gets up and does something positive for this " Soccer Crazy" country of ours. Nuff said!

      Tokollo - 2012-03-02 13:42

      On point and very true. The question what happened to the team of '96? Why are those players not involved in the national team? Pitso is building a team out of failure without any direction. He has won nothing at senior coaching level yet he is given the opportunity to lay a foundation. Has this coach even tasted a cup completion at international level? Why are the likes of Clive Barker not involved in assisting and providing light into this crises we are experiencing? There is no player in the current team that has tasted winning on the big international stage so where is the ambition. We have an inexperienced coach, inexperienced players and an admin body that has never even kicked a ball at the world stage. The only future we are building is a decline in Fifa ranking and money generated very games. We should not have taken the challenge for CAF 2013 so that the team works on qualifying instead of being granted a place into the tournament.

  • Giuliano - 2012-03-02 12:29

    call Davide Somma he will solve the problems up front....aaahhh wait he is too white

  • Tokollo - 2012-03-02 13:30

    This is clear and it finally makes sense. Pitso is SAFA's puppet. He will never call Benni beacuse Benni has issues with SAFA. This guy is being controlled. How can he claims to build a team for the future when we all know that he will never field a youngester unless his senior players are out injured. If you building for the future than Mphela, Shabba, Letsholonyane & Teko should not be included in the team. Stop telling us lies Pitso, we are not stupid. No wonder you are still coaching after the AFCON mess-up.

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