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Thu Apr 24 03:16:23 SAST 2014

Igesund slams Benni report

Sapa | 02 August, 2012 08:131 Comments
Carling Black Label Cup: Orlando Pirates v Kaizer Chiefs
Benni McCarthy comfort Chiefs marketing manager Jessica Motaung during the Carling Black Label Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on July 28, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund refuted a report on Wednesday that he had spoken to top scorer Benni McCarthy about the possibility of representing South Africa in Brazil.

SA Football Association (Safa) spokesman Dominic Chimhavi said in an email to Sapa that Igesund had “expressed his discontent at the way journalists continue to misrepresent him with regards to Benni McCarthy being recalled to the national set-up”.

Chimhavi said: “Commenting on an article which appeared on Sapa late on Wednesday, Igesund said he had never made any decision with regards to the player, adding the speculation was putting him under immense pressure.” 

Safa was responding to a Sapa news report earlier in the day, quoting Igesund as saying he would “certainly consider” McCarthy for selection if he was fit enough and enthusiastic about playing for Bafana.

Igesund disputes the Sapa story.

“I have never spoken about any player being recalled to the national team,” Igesund was quoted as saying in the email sent by Chimhavi.

“That is not my aim at the moment. I am busy engaging clubs as a way of building healthy relationships and the issue of McCarthy is sidetracking that undertaking. 

“It is unfortunate journalists are making up stories and this is very regrettable.

“The whole episode is unfair to Benni as he believes I am saying these statements and if he is not picked, he will be devastated.  

“I have not and I repeat, I have not commented about any player at the moment, Benni included,” said Igesund.

Bafana Bafana is due to play Brazil in Sao Paulo in an international friendly in September.

The 34 year-old McCarthy has scored 31 times in his 79 international matches for South Africa, but was axed ahead of the 2009 Confederations Cup.

However, he made a successful comeback with Orlando Pirates upon returning to South African soccer last season and displayed a knack for scoring important goals.

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Journalism in this country is becomming more and more disgusting, if it's not in politics it's in sports where they comeup with their own stories to try to inflience certain decisions. It is clear that Igesund has never talked about Benny returning to the National setup, however, some journalist who must be proberbly a Pirates supporter, decided to report lies about Igesund in an attempt to put him under pressure to consider recalling Benny. I am not against the recalling of Benny, in fact, what i am against is the tendency by journalists to write something which is not true and still claim it was said by someone else who did not say it. It is the same thing in politics, where they cookup a story and claim to have got it from sources who did not want to be named. The standard of Journalism in this country is going down very fast as a result of this tendency. Surely someone must give an apology, not only to Mr Igesund, but to Benny Mcarthy himself and the public at large. How can they lie to us like that. This is very bad journalism.