Benni McCarthy and Irvin Khoza pose with his new number 17 jersey

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Former Bafana striker makes Pirates move for footballing reasons only

Posted: 2 August 2011 Time: 20:09

Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza has admitted that he didn’t have to break the bank in order to lure Benni McCarthy to the club.

The Pirates boss says the striker was keen to join The Buccaneers and reveals that it was in fact McCarthy’s camp that made the first move.

In April this year, McCarthy left English Premiership side West Ham United after agreeing a £1.5-million (R16-million) pay-off and with this, and all the money he made in his 14-year stay in Europe, McCarthy was not thinking of his pay-packet, but rather has set his sights on being a champion with Pirates on the domestic scene and the African continent by helping the 1995 CAF Champions League winners repeat their famous feat.

“Benni said to me and his agent [Rob Moore] that he has made enough money playing football,” Khoza says, something that, according to the ‘Iron Duke’, deterred the “shrewd businessman [Moore]” from pursuing a big-money move to Pirates for McCarthy.

In the same breath, McCarthy has dispelled the notion that training with Ajax Cape Town on his arrival in South Africa was a ploy to market himself to the local clubs.

“I never used anybody. I came on holiday to visit my mom because I hadn’t seen her in ages and when I was in Cape Town I asked Ajax to train with them instead of training on my own. Ajax is a club I have a lot of respect for and I will never use them,” McCarthy asserted.

However, the 33-year-old has promised the Pirates faithful huge returns whenever he dons the black and white jersey.

“I will put a lot of pressure on myself if I say exactly how many goals I want to score … if you are hungry and you put yourself in the right place at the right time, I think there is more than 20 goals to score,” he said, before adding cautiously that, “but not just from me, but also my teammates.”

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:31 pm
gud luck brada a knw ul mke it as ur Bakha juju!
posted: 08:46 pm
Pan African cHIVs r a stupid bunch. they 4get bartlet came 2 retire @ thier farm. they r scared!! lol. waaah.
posted: 09:00 pm
Best strikers in Africa: Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba & Benny McCarthy. Best team in Africa: Alhly, TP Mazembe, Orlando Pirates and Asec Mimosa. Zebras wld be admited to hospital & mutuaries dis season. Funeral cover wld be exhausted! Up the Bucs!
posted: 09:04 pm
Wow when i had the news i was exited im not a pirates fan but they have made the correct move watch this space Benni wil score many goals as possible 20 goals and above
posted: 09:07 pm
lets wait and c benny as if u've already started your stories.
posted: 09:23 pm
U are in da right team Benni score more golse baba.
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 09:48 pm
Buccaneers, the signing of Bennie would bring a lot to Pirates. It will not only be tangible in terms of goals that he will score but also be concrete in redefining & rebuilding of Orlando Pirates Brand. Moreover, his presence to the ambitious young players at our team would be pivotal. In the past we have noticed a trend where our players are not ambitious enough to play in Europe, play with the best & be amongst big earners in the world. Our nation has become losers; we are the first to dispirit those who still believe in their abilities like Mphela. Bennie’s presence will ensure that the like of Jali, Manyisa et al look beyond SA & Africa’ champ league, as an accomplished champion in his right he will rub well with the champs, Pirates.

Looking at how our media has played itself in relation to Khoza or anything Pirates, we need to be alert to the negativity they will generate against Bennie. Like Modise he has been the biggest milk cow for negative news. The opposition fans especially KC will ride on that wave like they did with Modise but I can’t blame them, they are our sworn rivals, we would do the same if given a chance.

It is therefore salient that we protect him irrespective of how he performs. We destroyed Modise (they were on Jali thereafter) not because we wanted to but were conditioned by the media, opposition fans & anti-pirates commentators to see only the bad in him.

Let's Protect Pirates at all costs...
posted: 09:55 pm
Benni will be an asset to Pirates even if he doesn't score as many goals as everyone expects. The experience of playing in the big leagues of England and Spain, as well as in Holland and Portugal is something that no other SA player has. All the Pirates players will benefit from Benni's inputs at training. On the field, he'll score some goals but will create many for people like Segolela and Klate to bury. Pirates need to concentrate on the African Championships so that Ajax can have a chance at winning the league.
posted: 10:02 pm
@stan wel said dude by da way da mighty amakhosi hv surpassed 6 years with...out a league TITLE n may i plz b da 1st 1 to sing da song.
1 Leg zebra
posted: 10:11 pm

Champ Mgugudi: 2011-08-02 21:48 [ Report ]

1 Leg zebra
posted: 10:12 pm

Champ Mgugudi: 2011-08-02 21:48 [ Report ]

posted: 10:19 pm
Ey benito wlcm bck 2 S.A I hpe u gna do wat u do bst,score em goals. Nd ppl r alwyz de 2 jdg dnt mnd em.
posted: 10:35 pm
Well said @Champ Mgugudi wegogo,,,ever sincw u graced this site am yet to read senseless comment frm u n this site can do a lot with blogers like u,,,much as they hate us but adamant tht a handful of open minded chifs fan r learning a lot frm guys like u,,,,

As 4 u Benni our young ambitious team can do a lot with the wealth of experience u bring u n w bhaka fans wil do everythin in our power to protect,love n cherish ur presence in our club for u showed interest in being part of us,,,,,

Hater wil have a lot to say,tht includes oposition fans,the ever negative media when it cums to bucs matters n every Tom,Dick n Harry in the footbal fratenity but i knw u have a heart of lion n u wil c thru all tht as a seasoned pro.

Welcome to the Terrible Treble Tsiping Champs n here w Tsipa people to the extend tht they behave like 12yr old Virgins.
posted: 10:35 pm
what makes Better is seeing that NO 17 isctaken,Malokase must Go
posted: 10:45 pm
We all know where all the ill-discipline players in the history of Mzansi soccer goes to. @TTM please get something fresh there nothing fun about this whole story anymore.
posted: 11:22 pm
My biggest concern with this move is that Bucs lack a playmaker and currently I cnt think of anyone in the PSL
posted: 12:39 am
He will be more injured, more complaining, more childish diva behaviour than scoring goals I'm afraid. His got the talent, the body If looked after will give him 2 more years, but the attitude is not there.
posted: 01:48 am
Chansa could be our playmaker or ACE.
posted: 04:11 am
he he benni ke maponpane,fat,fohloza just say you love him and you have that the name has a pedigree. Pirates signed him am crying tears of joy.
posted: 04:27 am
guess what he chose to run with the winners. I have one particular player in mind who i think will make the picture complete regarding joining orlando pirates he is here in botswana wearing a red shirt dark in colour and fast. Trust me.he wil make it worth a picture.
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