Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy explains Victor Obinna signing
Posted: 14 September 2017 Time: 08:47
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has explained his role in the signing of former Inter Milan and West Ham striker Victor Obinna.
City on Tuesday announced the capture of the experienced Nigeria international as a free agent after he left German outfit Darmstadt 98 last season.
McCarthy says he forged a friendship with the 30-year-old during his playing days with the Hammers in England.
"Obinna, he's a great friend of mine," McCarthy revealed after his club's 2-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium last night.
"I've known Victor from his days in the Nigerian national team, when he used to be a strike partner for Obafemi Martins. Back then, obviously when he signed with Inter as an African player everyone knows about it. It was round about that time I was in England, Spain, Portugal. It is big news for African players when they get such an opportunity.
"I came across him at West Ham where we played together. He was a bit youngish, I took him under my wing as I was on the way out. We became friends and always just kept in touch all these years.
"I learnt he was free and doesn't have a club. of course when you are in Europe why would you come to South Africa? So I had to persuade him a little bit to get back into football and that he can always go back to Europe. And to my shock and surprise he said, 'yeah, why not?' What has he got to lose? So he came down and that's it, because we were teammates at West Ham and with what he's seen and read that the team play nice football.
"He's a very humble guy and hopefully he can teach the guys some stuff or learn from them as he's been out of African football for many years. This is his way to get back into topflight football, and why not with Cape Town City?"
Obinna will bolster McCarthy's attacking options, which include ex-Orlando Pirates marksman Lehlohonolo Majoro and fit-again winger Judas Moseamedi.
The Telkom Knockout champions recently lost the services of Golden Boot holder Lebogang Manyama to Turkish side Konyaspor.