Benni snubs the media

2010-05-18 14:34

The eagerly-anticipated media briefing by Benni McCarthy turned out

to be a damp squib as the West Ham United striker failed to show up this

afternoon.

Instead, Matthew Booth took his place alongside Kagisho

Dikgacoi.

It was expected that McCarthy would finally break his silence over

his troublesome weight, which has hogged the headlines in recent times.

But the media contingent, which filled the Southern Sun hotel in

Sandton, were left fuming with McCarthy’s no-show.

City Press has learnt that McCarthy was incensed by reports

emanating from Brazil quoting the team’s physical trainer Francisco Gonzalez

saying the striker was “too fat”.

But Bafana’s media officer Matlhomola Morake said McCarthy’s

absence was a result of an internal issue and promised that he would address the

media on Saturday.

Dikgacoi, who joined his team-mates this week, said he was looking

forward to the World Cup after his first season in the English

Premiership.

The Fulham midfielder said he would fight for his place in the

national team as he realised his position was not guaranteed.

He said although he enjoyed his first season in the Premiership, it

did not turn out as he had thought.

“I would have loved to play more games but unfortunately that was

not the case. I got a red card in my first game and I also got injured and was

out for six weeks, but hopefully next season will be different,” said the former

Golden Arrows player."

He said he was looking forward to patnering his former team-mate at

Arrows Thanduyise Khuboni in the middle of the park.


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