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Sun Apr 20 22:58:33 SAST 2014

Benni back for Bafana

Ramatsiyi Moholoa | 03 September, 2012 07:001 Comments
Absa Premiership: Pirates v Golden Arrows
Benni McCarthy of Pirates celebrates the goal of Tlou Segolela during the PSL match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium on August 10, 2012 in Soweto, South Africa
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

BENNI McCarthy is back in the Bafana Bafana fold.

Coach Gordon Igesund recalled the Orlando Pirates striker last night to replace Edward Manqele, who pulled a hamstring in Mamelodi Sundowns' 2-0 defeat by Maritzburg United yesterday.

Manqele had been called up to replace the injured Siyabonga Nomvethe but his injury - he will be out for two months - forced Igesund to turn to the veteran McCarthy for Friday's international friendly against 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil in São Paulo. George Maluleke was also called up yesterday.

Earlier, Bafana were rocked by injuries to skipper Steven Pienaar and right-back Anele Ngcongca.

"Nomvethe is devastated, just as I am, but that is part of a soccer career," said Igesund.

It is understood that some Safa officials are unhappy with the withdrawal of Pienaar, who is still trying to settle down at Everton after rejoining them on a permanent basis during the off-season. This followed the expiry of his loan deal at Spurs.

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Aweh, Benni!

His international experience should be a great help for his Bafana teammates.
I think the Brazilian youngsters will upstage him - hope I'm proven wrong!