Benni extends olive branch

2012-09-11 10:13

Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy has ended any speculation of a strained relationship between himself and Roger de Sa after personally welcoming the new Orlando Pirates coach to the club.

The Buccaneers confirmed the appointment of De Sa as Augusto Palacios' successor on Monday as the Peruvian relinquished the role due to health concerns.

McCarthy and De Sa had previously become embroiled in a very public spat after Pirates' 2011 Telkom Knockout final success over the Students, with the pair exchanging heated words at the final whistle, while McCarthy said during the post-match conference that "[Wits assistant coach] Eric Tinkler and Roger de Sa are dead to me."

Bafana Bafana striker McCarthy must have taken a double take when Pirates announced the coach's appointment in Soweto on Monday, but South Africa's all-time record goal scorer has opted to take the high road and gave his congratulations to the former Clever Boys tactician, while also wishing Palacios well.

"Very sad news of coach Palacios resignation," McCarthy wrote on social networking site Twitter.

"A good man and a great coach. I wish him a speedy recovery.

"Congrats is in order to Roger de Sa. Roger is a good coach that's why he got the job, hope he bring success (sic)."

McCarthy is recovering from a hamstring strain he picked up on his return to the national team on Friday evening and is currently out of contention for Pirates' PSL clash against Platinum Stars.


  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-09-11 10:58

    Disaster looming. Watch the space.

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2012-09-11 11:08

    They must pay roger thrice what benni get,then there wont be any disaster

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-09-11 11:32

    Lol All i can say is lol there will be trouble at orlando mark my words

  • mlungisimbuyiselo - 2012-09-11 12:52

    We must know that Pirates players are disciplined because they respect their Chairman, moreover, it was indeed a surprise to everybody that De Sa can be named Pirates, we were at least expecting that one day, Rud Krol will make a return to bring more luck, however if we the supporters of Pirates had to choose a local coach, l was gonna give Kompela thumps up. Well, all is not lost, someday Pirates will have a good Coach.

  • robert.humbe - 2012-09-11 14:00

    Dr Khoza, this thng of keep on shuffling coaches will going to cost u. Watch out the step

  • collen.vinjwa - 2012-09-11 23:18

    So according to Benni, the Ghosts are going to be coached by a \dead man\

      skientom - 2012-09-19 09:21

      Bennie his the Best player ever.He must try to control his temper when is on the field of play.We can not tolerate that kind of behavior.His a professional player so his must behaved professional to our young player.I still need him to Orlando Pirates for another Ten years.

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