Disappointed Benni still part of Bafana

2010-06-01 11:06

Benni McCarthy said although he was disappointed with his exclusion

from the final Bafana Bafana squad, he was still part of the team.

“All the players who made the national call-up should be proud, we

did not fail, we just didn’t make the final 23, we are still a part of the team,

if not the squad,” McCarthy said in a statement.

It was issued after Bafana coach Alberto Parreira announced his

World Cup team.

“The final squad is a tough call for any coach to make and I am

sure it was not made without heartache.”

He thanked the team’s technical staff for helping him with his

physical shape after recovering from a niggling knee injury. His exclusion did

not come as a surprise, he said.

“No one’s place in the final squad is a given.”

He said he pushed himself to the limits to make the cut, but

unfortunately did not make it.

“I am proud to have been given the privilege to have been capped in

the South African national squad, unfortunately this time it was not to


McCarthy was positive Bafana would make South Africans proud,

especially given the support they had received from fans.

“If the carnival spirit of the Super 14 semi final and final is a

measure of the united support we are to expect for Bafana, then I see us

excelling. My role now is to join in that support,” he said.

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