Orlando Pirates new signing Benni McCarthy has denied using Ajax Cape Town
Posted: 3 August 2011 Time: 7:51 am
Benni McCarthy has denied 'using' Ajax Cape Town as a stepping stone to clinch a lucrative contract with Orlando Pirates.
"No, I never used anyone. Firstly, I came home for a holiday. I came to visit my mom because I had not seen her for ages," McCarthy says. "I could not go for another year without seeing her. "Obviously while I was there, instead of training on my own, I asked Ajax whether I could train with them. After my very first session I was put in the spotlight. Everyone, except the chairman [John Comitis], asked whether I was joining Ajax. Ajax is a team that I have a lot of respect for and I have a lot of friends there. "Then a couple of days afterwards Comitis came to me and said that he still saw the hunger in me. We spoke a bit and then went to the boardroom where an offer to sign me was made."
_quote However, speaking to KickOff.com, Ajax CEO George Comitis said they had hoped that McCarthy would join them this season after offering him a lucrative deal. "I am annoyed and feel we were a little bit used," says Comitis. "We offered Benni a massive deal on Friday but maybe Rob Moore had already organised a better deal for him at Orlando Pirates." McCarthy, who played 306 games in Europe scoring 146 goals, says he is not here on holiday, but to continue winning things with Pirates and wants to leave a legacy when he retires. The striker signed a two-year deal and says he wants to end his stay on a high by winning more trophies, especially the African Champions League. "I'm here to win things; I'm not here for a holiday now and then a nice retirement. I want to finish my career and leave a legacy behind," he says. "In joining Pirates, that is achievable and that's why I'm here. Hopefully when the end of the season comes we can say at our first press conference something about five trophies in our collection that we have achieved." Neville Khoza and Ernest Fakude