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RLabs interviews Benni McCarthy

Today Rlabs and Impact Direct had the privilege of hosting Benedict “Benni” McCarthy right here in Bridgetown. Rlabs team were on the scene ready to tweet, take pics and blog about things as they were unfolding.

“I didnt wana be a dumb celebrity therefor I went to school and educated myself” says Benni in an interview about how he rose above his circumstances growing up in Hanover Park being surrounded by gangsterism and drugs. He is a a role model to many of the youth running around in Hanover Park!

He went on to say that “its important for young people to respect and honour their elders, it will go a long way in setting you up in life.” Thank you to Benni McCarthy, South Africa’s most celebrated footballer, who put South African football on the world stage and possibly a pioneer in getting the World Cup tournament to Mzansi.

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Benni not in the 18th area

Benedict Saul “Benni” McCarthy (born 12 November 1977) is a South African professional footballer who is currently playing his club football in the Premier League for West Ham United and internationally for the South African National football team as a striker. He joined the Hammers on 1 February 2010 on a two and a half-year deal until the summer of 2012.

Benni McCarthy was born in Cape Town and grew up in Hanover Park on the Cape Flats, an area notorious for its high unemployment rate and gang violence. He is the son of Dudley and Dora McCarthy and has two brothers and a sister.

McCarthy started playing at a local side called Young Pirates which was managed by his uncles. He then joined the youth structures of a local amateur club called Crusaders. At age 17, he was signed by 1st division club Seven Stars. Playing for Seven Stars, the 18-year old McCarthy scored 1 goal in 29 games in the 1995–96 season, followed by another 12 goals in 20 matches, which earned him a transfer to Cape Town Spurs which two years later merged with Seven Stars to form Ajax Amsterdam feeder team, Ajax Cape Town.

Since then Benni has played for teams listed below:

  • Celta Vigo (Spain)
  • Porto (Portugal)
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • West Ham United

It was at West Ham United that Benni on 6 February 2010 sustained an injury that would keep him out for six weeks. He has since then has battled with fitness and as a result of not getting much game time leading up to WC2010 has not made the cut.

Benni will forever be a legend on the Cape Flats, a success story and a role model to many youngsters aspiring to be the best they can be. In my by book Benni will always be in the area.

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World Cup 2010 Squad announced

Finally the moment South Africa has been waiting for is finally here, with only 9 days to go to World Cup 2010, Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has announced his final 23-man squad for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Bafana squad:

Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs, Shu-Aib Walters

Siboniso Gaxa, Matthew Booth, Lucas Thwala, Aaron Mokoena (captain), Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Tsepo Masilela, Anele Ngcongca, Lucas Thwala

Steven Pienaar, Teko Modise, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thanduyise Khuboni, Kagisho Dikgaco, Macbeth Sibaya, Surprise Moriri

Katlego Mphela, Bernard Parker, Siyabonga Nomvete

Surprise omision from Bafana Bafana squad

The surprise omission from the squad is the very experienced striker Benni McCarthy, the other 4 players left out of the 23 man squad are goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez, defender Bryce Moon, midfielder Franklyn Cale and defender Innocent Mdledle.

Bafana will be kicking off their 2010 campaign on Friday, June 11 against Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Kick-off is at 16:00. Mexico are you ready for this…?

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