Benni: Money not an issue

2011-07-27 08:00

Johannesburg - Ajax Cape Town midfielder Brent Carelse has revealed his belief that ex-Bafana striker Benni McCarthy will be an Urban Warrior next season.

The former West Ham and Blackburn striker has been training with the Parow-based side for the past week in a bid to get fit.

But Carelse says the new-look player is keen to don the red and white of Ajax next season as they look to avenge last season's last-day heartbreak.

The former SuperSport United player also revealed Benni would be willing to take a pay cut to sign for the club.

Carelse told the Citizen: "He told me he is here to stay."

With regards to McCarthy's potential high wages, Carelse added: "This is something he also cleared with me.

"He said money was not his driving force and that he has made enough of it through the game."

McCarthy left West Ham after being paid out of his long-term contract. His much-publicised weight problems saw him struggle for game time at the Hammers but he looked slimmer and sharper at Ajax training.


  • Rebaone - 2011-07-27 08:28

    From Mcdonald's Burger to snoek fish, nice one Benni lol

      Kok - 2011-07-27 08:42

      He still has far more money than you

      jk - 2011-07-27 12:37

      and you kok

      CITIZEN - 2011-07-28 00:57

      Rebaone critisize as much as you want he is still bafana bafana leading goal scorer the only south african player to win eufa champoinship league and he will definitly play you out of the park so rather shut up

      Wes - 2011-07-28 14:15

      Rebaone is a Chiefs or Pirates supporter who is under the delusion that his team actually plays good football.

  • Matt :-) - 2011-07-27 08:38

    In the news today - Cape Town has an earthquake... oh no, Benni was just tackled

      WhySoAngry? - 2011-07-27 08:50

      dude get your eyes checked...Benni looks slimmer then ever. I for one , maybe the only one would love to see him play in the psl again...

  • EliMafi - 2011-07-27 08:49

    Best striker ever produced by Mzansi-PERIOD.

      CITIZEN - 2011-07-28 01:00

      thanks at least one good man EliMafi i agree fully with you ajax will be dangerous next year if they can afford to sign benni

  • crazydude - 2011-07-27 08:55

    If Ajax can get him at a decent wage then it would be great for them. He's still a good striker, and can add to their squad. They shouldn't try to break the bank to get him though.

  • Tiwonge - 2011-07-27 09:31

    You are the only world class player the country has ever produced: won the Champions League, the holy grail of club football, to prove it. You have truly made South Africa proud by achieving a lot through hardwork and focus. I can only say Benni you inspire me. Everything people say about you is purely driven by jealousy. People can't stand to see a young man who had nothing, condemned to live a life of drugs and doom defy expectations and make the most of their talent, and above all, make more money than they will ever earn in their lives in spite of their "privileged" backgrounds.

      Kingkwagga - 2011-07-27 09:35

      Benni WAS the best player - years ago. I was proud of him until he started turning his back on his country again and again. His ego go so big he felt he was too good to play for the country that gave him those skills. His downfall was his own fault.

      Mzansisoka - 2011-07-27 11:24

      @KingKwagga - you clearly don't know what went down for Bennie to act in that way. SAFA and the likes of Irvin Khoza illtreated him at the African cup of Nations. Get your facts right before putting lame arguments on.

      GT - 2011-07-28 08:06

      Yep - the disaster that is SAFA must carry the can for the Benni debacle. They treated all their players very badly.

      Bheki - 2011-08-03 14:18

      im inspired by ur comment and i share the same sentiment. Benni has made us proud gig time and i believe he was one force that openned the doors for many south african players who are now based overseas. if only ppl would stop with their critisism and give him a round of applause coz i think he deserves all that he has achieved.

  • Bra Pat - 2011-07-27 09:40

    What else must Bennie do to win ur hearts,only jealous people retaliate at Bennie. Give him a break

  • Nawe - 2011-07-27 10:04

    Benni is a living proof that Coloured will only excel in drinking ciders, smoking courtleigh cigarrates & driving golfs.

      Shawn Miles - 2011-07-27 11:08

      What do you have against Coloured people? Have you read the article about Chris van Wyk when Kuli Roberts spoke nonsense about the Coloured People (I'm coloured, but you're stupid)

      Mzansisoka - 2011-07-27 11:22

      Thats a very idiotic statement to say Nawe!

      LilGhettoBoy - 2011-07-27 11:32

      Nawe, are you not one of those hired by the ANCYL to devide SA.

      LACER8 - 2011-07-27 11:41

      Youre a racist cock...and I'm not even Coloured

      MrBiggz - 2011-07-27 12:42

      i guess its the same as saying all blacks are rapists, murderers and thieves??? just saying........

      Kok - 2011-07-27 12:54

      and luckily we don't have dumb idiots trying to run the country.

      Tito - 2011-07-27 13:10

      Nawe futhi (lol).

      CITIZEN - 2011-07-28 01:08

      Nawe you are living proof that you have no brains and you probaly got nothing beter to do than critisize people that did nothing to you im white but you dont see me blaming black people for the crime in this country my whole family were victims of crime all by black people but i will not generalise that blacks are bad because all ethnic groups got good and bad people think before you talk

      STATESMAN - 2011-07-28 14:07

      Hey u NAWE What is a coloured? "IF" a coloured is mixed race then ALL South africans are "COLOURED"

      Ivan - 2011-07-28 16:28

      @Nawe - Sies jou blerrie vark, what are u drinking; Mokoko, Ntakunyisa, smoking Horseshoe and driving a broomstickl. I am not Coloured nor white but it is very low to speak ill of other groupings. O kgwe mathe o itshware khubu sematla sa tonki.

      mileslogan - 2011-08-01 10:57

      Nawe you have the IQ of a sack full of door knobs! Wrong people are lying the cemetaries around the country...I believe you have nothing to offer society when you talk such utter nonsense...jou onnosele onsuksesvolle miskraam

      Bheki - 2011-08-03 14:23

      dude how can you say such about coloured guys? what have you achieved in life? i dont mean to be rude but i just think you should rather not comment if you dont know what to say. your comment is not on.

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-07-27 10:14

    for all of the above comments, No comment from myself and thank you for your ideas about Mzansi #1

  • Mzansisoka - 2011-07-27 11:21

    All Bennie haters don't know what they hate him for. Nubbing the national team? Everyone knew how terrible SAFA had been with regards to administrating our football. Corruption and disrespect and when he stood up to that everyone hated him. What country are we leaving in? I fail to understand it - we implore and applaud corruption perpetrators, but abhor and disown those who stand against it. Crazy country indeed!

  • ele.mauba - 2011-07-27 11:30

    I just read on KickOff that my team Orlando Pirates is also after Benni's signature. I hope he signs with Pirates. He is the greatest football in South africa. He has done it all in soccer.

  • Sean - 2011-07-27 12:13

    He would be the perfect partner for Ndulula and the youngster can learn alot from Benni. All I'm saying is Benni had his reasons for his actions where he turned his back on SA, but you can't deny his talents on the field. SA's greatest export of all time.Oh and Nawe, please apologise that really was an unfair statement.

  • ecm - 2011-07-27 12:34

    cut the fat first, then prove that you can still score goals as you are way past your prime. Ajax should invest in youg talent as opposed to paying this fat boy an exorbitant salary!

  • Jim - 2011-07-27 13:29

    He should pay the club to allow him to play for them. He has gone from West Ham to Sandwich Ham.and now heading for Smoked ham.

      Tbla - 2011-07-27 20:10

      Nice one Jimmmmmy. Sandwich Ham is waiting for fatso.

  • Ramudzuli Richard - 2011-07-27 20:49

    I like that; "money is not an issue, i made more of it already". that's the spirit Bennie Man.

  • Zakhele - 2011-07-27 21:43

    I just hope he doesn't interfere with the coach. First he wanted to coach Bafana Bafana. Didn't get his way with that. What a shame on Ajax to take someone they had to buy out his contract-meaning Benni himself did not see this as his fault of not fullfuling his end of the bargain that the club owns right to your play on condition that you stay fit and fit to paly. He breaks these crucial elements of contracts-and he still walk away with West Ham money creating a bad name for South African palyers. His Spanish wife must be sending him from pillar to post for him to try to squeeze every cent out whomever fall victim and prey to him. I will never forget Carlos Parreria pretending as if he wanted to draft him into the World Cup squad and Benni fell for the trick. Carlos knew that his fellow country men Santan lost his job because of the likes of Benni-so the logical thing to do was to get him next to him, don't let himplay and drop him in the leventh hour when nobody can say anything anymore. You can Carlos this was the plan right from the beginning. It worked-nobody complained about Benni not being in the squad because he never got toplay and he was been attended to for his weigh problem. This is what I call smart managers. Brilliant Carlos Parreria! I hope they sign him on a pay as you plany basis. This Benni. Doesn't understand the world loyalty.

      Che Guevara - 2011-07-28 15:26

      The plan was to drop Bennie? Surely by pinning the hope of the country on a wannabe like Mphela backfired tremendously...! The Carlos and Pitos combo bit their nose to spite their face.... You accuse Benni of disloyalty, but the mind boggles as to how he is the highest EVER goalscorer for this country. Did he score by remote control? I believe your accusation is short sighted, Benni has been in the National team since the tender age of 20yrs and in all these years South Africa is yet to produce a striker of a similar calibre, Leslie Manyathela (RIP) is the only player to come close. Surely this is not his fault....After Bartlett retired and the Bennie / Bartlett partnership was over ALL the scoring responsibilities fell on him, which takes us back to the last time we played in AFCON and failed to score a single goal. Ted brought in youngsters from the MTN and mostly under 23's and expected Bennie to make magic with these inexperienced players? That is the height of disrespect for an icon of South African football. People like you should get over yourselves and recognise that this is the best striker we've ever produced thus far, a man that has risen against all odds. I'm afraid you don't understand the word loyalty.

  • dr - 2011-07-28 14:02

    Benny, I think the right team 2 play 4 is Orlando Pirates we need u when we go and conqure Africa without any waste of time pls join Pirates they desperately need strikers like u 2 accomplishe this mission in Africa, the champions must have 2 stars.

  • Nigel - 2011-07-28 14:10

    People should leave Benni alone...he earned 2million Pounds for his contract to be cancelled by Westham on Top of what he earned during his career..cmon guys, lets stop being jealous...

  • Afrocentia - 2011-07-28 15:02

    Wes which one is your team that plays good football? Is it Manchester United, Liverpool or any such like European team, you sound like a palooka broer. Wake up to the fact that those teams are supported by their locals who see themselves as proud citizens of their respective countries who are very passionate about what is theirs that is why they are so successful. They don't support anything that is foreign, unlike you and your ilks who supports even and England team when it plays against your own country. Deal with your identity crisis and leave Chiefs and Pirates alone, because they need the support of true South Africans to grow in leaps and bounds. Most successful teams in the world started from somewhere and through their local support, they are now global brands. Lcal is lekker!!!

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