Benni: I'm not on a holiday

2011-08-03 07:30

Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy says he wants to change some South Africans' perceptions of him, and that is one reason he signed for Orlando Pirates.

Bafana Bafana's all-time record goalscorer has sealed a two-year deal with Julio Leal's side and says he still has ambitions to shut up the critics in his homeland.

McCarthy has been overweight in recent years, leading to mocking in the South African press, but says he is ready to show the country his best before eventually hanging up his boots.

"One of my biggest ambitions has always been to feel what it feels like to be a champion playing in the PSL," the 33-year-old said.

"There is only a handful teams that can provide you with that (opportunity to gain respect) in South Africa and if you think as a footballer then you go for the best and Pirates is the team that could provide me with that, not just in terms of winning things but also in terms of getting the respect from the people.

"Hopefully Pirates can help me achieve my dream of being a champion in South Africa. They won the treble last season, but now they are even more ambitious because they want to add the (CAF) Champions League and they wanna add the top goalscorer to their collection, and that's where I come in.

"I can only achieve it playing for the best team and Pirates can provide me with the opportunity to refresh people's memories of the Benni they got to know in Burkina Faso (in 1998 during the AFCON).

"I'm here to win things and I'm not here on a holiday or a nice retirement. I wanna go out leaving a legacy behind, that's why I'm here."


  • - 2011-08-03 07:41

    Hmmm... Okay.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-08-03 07:56

    Eish Benny, so now you do play for the Piratees. I had here you had been signed by the Mac's - that is by Macdonalds............

  • clivegoss - 2011-08-03 08:02

    Picked the correct team, yes sir you did. And ........ now I will be watching to see if your actions matches the mouth or is it the mumbles ?

  • Canibus - 2011-08-03 08:09

    Benni joins Pie-rats... Maybe he heard that Pie-rats is close to Pie-city.

      czovczov - 2011-08-03 12:26

      On Benni McCarthy: Orlando Pirates Coach: “I thought you said he eats, drinks and sleeps football.” Benni’s Agent: “He does, he just can't play it anymore.”

  • AndV - 2011-08-03 08:18

    Benni who?...

  • Bandit - 2011-08-03 08:34

    if it looks like an ass, smells like an ass and acts like an ass - then it must be an ass. Go live in Europe DOUGHBOY.

      nvledwaba - 2011-08-03 09:51

      seems u got too much asses in your yard

  • Duke - 2011-08-03 08:36

    Well now, wonder if Benni would have come back had the English Premier League not DUMPED him. For free no one picked him up! Makes you think, doen't it!!

  • YES - 2011-08-03 08:45

    It appears it was well considered decision, not made in haste. When you are the best you associate with the best. Welcome home, my bra.

  • Annoy - 2011-08-03 08:45

    Well Benni enough talk - waiting to see what you can produce

      czovczov - 2011-08-03 12:26

      On Benni McCarthy: Orlando Pirates Coach: “I thought you said he eats, drinks and sleeps football.” Benni’s Agent: “He does, he just can't play it anymore.”

  • Ruff-ian - 2011-08-03 08:53

    Benni "rolly-polly" McCarthy

  • zebracobra - 2011-08-03 08:56

    Oh all this bad comment on Bennie from Chiefs suporters,welcome home Bennie we love you.Up the Bucs.vat alles.

  • Flynn - 2011-08-03 09:02

    It would be nice to see if Benni can prove his critics wrong? I don't think so - he had a chance to play on the biggest stage which was the WC and he chose to be lazy and get fat. Don't lie to yourself Benni, lots of people have faith in your ability and its time you give something back to to your faithful fans

  • Deeteem - 2011-08-03 09:04

    Talentless hasbeen !!

      doodlenuts - 2011-08-03 10:47

      Rather a "has-been" than a "NEVER-WAS" like yourself!

  • Dumba1234 - 2011-08-03 09:41

    @Bandit, Stop smelling Asses and give the boy a chance

  • Verm - 2011-08-03 09:48

    over weight are an embarrasment to sa soccer.only legacy you will leave behind is being the national king pie are pathetic.

  • Jerome - 2011-08-03 10:14

    All the best masekint, the critics talk to much, but they still cant produce a striker of you caliber in SA. "Killer" cant even get a contract oversees and you are useless in they eyes but they forget you achieved almost all your dreams in soccer, oh and you very rich.

  • Shaun Petersen - 2011-08-03 10:59

    I thought he said he want to put back in his community, where he comes from, hahaha daar gaan Hanover Park al weer. Now he is not only turning his back on the Cape but its people to. Saying its not about the money lol, its all about it, he must of been to long between the Uk ppl, thinking we fall for crap like that lol. oh well he be on bench most of season at pirates, they only bought him so Ajax dont score to many goals lol

  • myoomsemotor - 2011-08-03 11:04

    to all you non Benni supporters.... kiss my pink @sss.. he has achieved more then anyone of you fools, they say jealousy makes you nasty. while he sits in his mansion somewhere and drive his red ferrari you guys will sit in your old house in Ruyterwacht and drive your Datsun SSS.

  • thevylan - 2011-08-03 11:12

    Benni-dorm, that's where he should be.

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-08-03 11:29

    When did King Pie become the Pirates team sponsor??

  • czovczov - 2011-08-03 12:26

    On Benni McCarthy: Orlando Pirates Coach: “I thought you said he eats, drinks and sleeps football.” Benni’s Agent: “He does, he just can't play it anymore.”

  • Mao Tse Tung - 2011-08-03 12:28

    Jelousy makes people nasty at lest he could choose a club while the rest dream on. Why don't we all judge him at the end of the season when there's something to reflect on than throwing all these nicknames, can't we just retsrain from silly and unsavoured comments on the guy

  • louismtshali - 2011-08-03 15:52

    Halala welcome bro. You made the right choice. Up the Bucs. Enough talk, now lets get that second star. Remember that name McCarthy, it will break many hearts especialy the zebra force

  • malepfana - 2011-08-05 14:44

    Benni was good not sure now

  • sjkranenburg - 2011-08-07 12:24

    should've signed for Ajax... shame

  • Samuel - 2011-08-08 11:57

    Wish you all the best Benny,no matter what they say about you,keep going no body will stop you

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