McCarthy returns to Bafana Bafana through a back door


IT NEVER rains but pours for Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund whose newly-assembled squad has been hit by a spat of injuries.

Hardly hours after he had called up Mamelodi Sundowns striker Edward Manqele to replace Siyabonga Nomvethe, did the former Free State striker himself pull a hamstring in the Absa Premiership match against Maritzburg United on Sunday afternoon, forcing the Bafana Coach to make yet another change.

“I have called up Benni McCarthy to replace Manqele who in turn had replaced Nomvethe,” said Igesund.
The veteran Nomvethe was carried off injured on Saturday evening during Moroka Swallows match against Orlando Pirates prompting Igesund to name Manqele as his replacement on Sunday morning.

Few hours later, Manqele himself pulled a hamstring forcing Igesund to turn to the veteran McCarthy.

Bafana Bafana left this morning for Sao Paolo to play five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil this Friday.


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