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Orlando Pirates new signing Benni McCarthy has denied using Ajax Cape Town

Posted: 3 August 2011 Time: 07:51

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, 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 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:06 am
kuphi khona
posted: 08:07 am
Hahaha ayeye chimpanzees u won't win even a single trophie while the champs are stil here.
Anti VV n PITSO 4lyf
posted: 08:10 am
You used Ajax wena... MXaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 08:21 am
Ag Man, this guy(John Comitis) must get a life, Benni signed for the Galaxy, finish and klaar,its stale news now and he still is complaining about what could have been, if he feel used then he is not the first one on the universe, a condom feels the same after he's used one, he must move on.

Is it my observation or I am imagining things, that Zebra Forces are obssessed with the Galaxy of Stars such that they even forget to post comments on their club related articles as they camp full time for any Pirates related article only to post negative, senseless comments, only a handful post knowledgeable comments. Cant they mind their own business!!!!

Treble winning Champ... Ichuuuuuuuu
posted: 08:22 am
mafete used ajax cause pierats persued their interest after ajax declared in puplic that they are very interested in benni cause he is in good condition.
posted: 08:28 am
Aggg maan c'mon KO arent u geting of tryin ur best to disgruntle the Mighty Bucs,,,u r up to ur old tricks of non stop negative reporting when it cums to the Champs,,,,

Dnt u have any news to report regarding ur Strech Mark Fc,get off ur high horses morons n face the tht we r here to Stay n there is nothing u can do about it,,,,,,,as for wena Commits do u me 50k is a lucrative offer for Benni then think twice n accept tht WE r the Bets in the business n stop moaning n winning about sumthin u dnt have control over,,,

posted: 08:31 am
I wonder wht they wil say afta we sign Masilela as he is curently training with swallows,,,,

Gerrard wa le khosi
posted: 08:34 am
I would like to welcome Erwin Isaacs to Khosi Family in advance!5 Kaizer Chiefs players in Bafana setup,jeeeeeeeeeeeer,this team is BIG!

Ilove Kaizer Chiefs*crying8

posted: 08:34 am
Ajax wanted to use Benni, he said so himself (Commit) that Benni will be a good signing to market the club. That means they didn't any potential in him in terms of playing but only to bring fans to the stadiums, i mean how was benni supposed to take that....?
Good shot Khoza, I am happy for you, glad you took him b4 Motsepe acted stupid (AGAIN)
posted: 08:42 am
Ha ha ha! Comitis didnt have a KFC to offer
posted: 08:49 am
enough ka mafete mr editor can you focus on mtn8,benni is talking too much forgetting that he is finished it will be better for him to do the talking in the field,i cant wait to see the battle between him and mathoho or xulu, those two will make him realise it is time to quit.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:49 am
This happens all the time, a player training with one team and end up signing with another. Just recently, there was a players training with Pirates, one signed for Sundowns and the other for Black leopard. Bennie had to make the best choice for himself according to what he wants to achieve. And when that opportunity presented itself he took it. For Bennie it was not just about lucritive offer, it was also the opportunity to play Champions league and a chance to make history. Commits is just bitter at losing out and if he continues to talk too much, Khoza will sign OJ as well.
posted: 08:53 am
"I'm here to win things I'm not here for a holiday "
- Benni McCarthy

Unlike boParker...he's just here for holiday...I mean given the team he chose?
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:53 am
Anyway, who said if a player train with a certain team he must sign for it. We are going for Masilela who is training with the Dubile Birds.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:54 am 2011-08-03 08:53 [ Report ]

"I'm here to win things I'm not here for a holiday "
- Benni McCarthy

Unlike boParker...he's just here for holiday...I mean given the team he chose?,

Parker is here to Park and be fed Cabbage at the Zebra Farm park.
posted: 08:57 am
Will Bennie McFatty now shut up 'n do the talking on the field of play.he must walk the talk.
Gucci Man
posted: 08:59 am
I like your jersey(black top) , very nice
CAF Rule 14.1
posted: 09:15 am
"McCarthy, who played 306 games in Europe scoring 146 goals" an unbelievable record in Europe...
Is Masilela using Swallows?? can we have fresh stories please e.g. how is Benni adjusting at training, possible strike-partnerships at pirates...
posted: 09:28 am
Come on Commitis dont be a cry baby. You're just being a sour looser now. The best team won, again if i might add. Now you're trying to turn the people of Cape Town against Big Mac. That wont work, cause there is more pirates supporters than Ajax in die Kap.
posted: 09:29 am

Just check his dress code, is this the new Swag at Bucs, He looks good in that Black and White.

Commitis is behaving like a sick child, This is not new to football.

Kick Off please find out where did Parker train before joining THE ZEBRA PARK.....u will be shocked, anyway i dont blame you, u only chase big stories from big teams.

Santos is already panicking because Benni+Drogba is just mission impossible 1.
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