Benni: That was for Madiba

2012-02-27 07:17

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy dedicated his 75th minute winner against Maritzburg United to former state president Nelson Mandela.

McCarthy netted with a spectacular bicycle kick in a 1-0 success at Orlando Stadium on Sunday.

And Bafana Bafana's record scorer says that one was for Madiba, who was discharged from hospital on the same day after undergoing a diagnostic procedure for a longstanding abdominal complaint.

McCarthy said: "I send my regards to my granddad Madiba - that was my inspiration. I promised I would score for the ex-president - that goal I dedicate specially for him."

The 34-year-old says he often used to throw himself around in his younger days at Ajax Amsterdam and Celta Vigo.

"It's something I've been very good at - something I used to do a lot at Celta Vigo and at Ajax Amsterdam," he said.

"But as I got older, I didn't wanna make a fool of myself."

McCarthy added that he was grateful to come on as a 71st-minute substitute, hinting that under-fire coach Julio Leal responded to calls in the stands.

"I thought the coach wasn't gonna put me on. I got the 12th man, they made the decision. We needed that extra little push because everyone seemed to drop points this weekend, so we needed it."

Victory placed Pirates level with second-placed Kaizer Chiefs on 33 points - three behind leaders Sundowns.


  • Tokollo - 2012-02-27 07:36

    Benni, Benni, Benni, Benni.... :-)

      Lunga - 2012-02-27 08:20

      One for TKZee One for Bafana One for bantwana One fore Madiba...

      Bonjo - 2012-02-27 12:46

      hahahahaha, nice one Lunga! lol

  • Bongani Vena - 2012-02-27 08:00

    Eish benni, are we going to hear from you everytime you score...remember you not the only player on the field the whole team contributed to the win.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-27 08:20

      Stupid comment

      mrmogoswane - 2012-02-27 08:39

      Hahahaha he's the only player to score

      shaunmn - 2012-02-27 09:46

      I'm sure you support Chips or Downs!

      Nare - 2012-02-27 10:31

      o bari

      msendi - 2012-02-27 10:32

      …but he is the only player in the field to score. Jealous kills broer…

  • KyleAssassin - 2012-02-27 08:19

    Rather thank your team mates that helped you actually score the goal. Those are the people you should dedicate the goal to.

  • Sika - 2012-02-27 08:32

    beautiful goal, I think it will make it to the goal of the season, I am not a Pie rats fan by the way

  • Stan - 2012-02-27 08:33

    "I send my regards to my granddad Madiba" ... He is not your grandfather. Akayena umkhulu wakho.

      beama.jansen - 2012-02-27 09:06

      Stan I think the whole of Mzanzi sees him as their Grandfather. I do.

      Moss - 2012-02-27 09:48

      Stan, you have a very stupid name, who gave you such retards name?

      Stan - 2012-02-27 09:55

      putin ... go play in traffic on ben schoeman freeway, idiot

      Moss - 2012-02-27 10:42

      Lol, there we go mate, you do have some brains afterall. you just not funny!!

      Stan - 2012-02-27 13:29

      @putin, you are just a bored @55wipe...

      smhwahla - 2012-02-28 23:38

      wat a fool u r?no wonder u have a car for profile pic.

  • Poloyatonki - 2012-02-27 09:01

    I guess i can also say the beer that I had this weekend was for Madiba.

  • Lynda - 2012-02-27 09:07

    Well done Benni......awesome goal

  • Xoli - 2012-02-27 09:19

    Show them Benni those old legs still knows how to put them in the net.......

  • Diran - 2012-02-27 09:23

    Got to love Benni - Benni in the 18 area....

  • Mcebiseni - 2012-02-27 09:25

    Benni, you know it's OK to score and say nothing afterwards... These comments you do after scoring are kinda of girls thing... Play the game and shut up please!!!

      Tokollo - 2012-02-27 09:45

      .. What should Benni do when after the game he is asked to express his emotions regarding his goal scoring abilities?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-27 09:47

      He was interviewed dude

      Xoli - 2012-02-27 09:53

      You know its OK to shut up if you have nothing to say, dont hate the player applaud him for a great goal.....damn these hater works on my nerves

  • Andre - 2012-02-27 09:44

    Only if Madiba was on Benni's mind when he struck the goal can he say "it was for Madiba". Otherwise he is falsely scoring brownie points to increase his own popularity!

  • tdebwe - 2012-02-27 09:59

    ye that was a brilliant goal!!!!!!

  • lmapheto - 2012-02-27 10:58

    Shine Champions shine...its words in the main camp of the mighty buccaneers...Dumela Pirates...Dumela Irvan...Hello Chiefs and Gud bye Sundowns...we are doin it again...Molo Africa (Angola) we are coming next weekend...

  • Robert - 2012-02-27 11:09

    Eish Burger Boy, you are paid to score goals, like whores are paid for sex. You scored for the win bonus not Madiba

      Xoli - 2012-02-27 11:50

      Ag cmon man, give credit where its due, dont be a hater like most on these forums..

  • Bhut' - 2012-02-27 12:57

    Benni has got class and Majoro has got the balls.....

  • Derde - 2012-02-27 13:07

    fatboy trying to ride on the back of famous people

  • Hugo - 2012-02-27 14:25

    every thing is for Madiba this days

  • matthews.bantsijang - 2012-02-27 18:51

    Good one Benny!!!!

  • Su - 2012-02-28 13:17

    Facts are facts. Benni is too fat to do 90 minutes but his goal 4 minutes after coming on won the game. Fact. Great goal Benni!

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