By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
IT is official that Benni McCarthy will finally be plying his trade in the Absa Premiership when the 2011/12 season kicks-off this weekend.
This after Orlando Pirates announced that they have signed the 33 year-old Bafana Bafana’s all time top goal-scorer on a two year contract, ending speculations that the player will either join Pirates’ rivals, Kaizer Chiefs or Ajax Cape Town.
Pirates boss, Irvin Khoza was excited about the latest development, saying: “It is without question that Benni is one of the most successful and recognizable soccer players in South Africa over the past decade.”
He added:“We are delighted that he has decided to join the club as we aim to be competitive in every competition this season. His international pedigree is second to none and he is a proven winner.”
McCarthy who last week said it will be foolish for him not to join Pirates should that opportunity come his was was equally excited about his move to join the Buccaneers who won three major trophies in the past season.
“The reception I have got from everyone at the club and the fans I have already met in the street has been great. Everyone was optimistic and gave me a really good feeling.
“I’m thrilled and delighted and hope I can show my appreciation by coming in and playing good football and hope to score as many goals as possible to put the team where they belong,” said McCarthy.
He added: “This is one of the biggest teams in Africa with many great players. I’m really looking forward to playing in the African Champions League with my new club.”
McCarthy’s football experience as a player has seen him played for almost his entire football career outside the country for a number of clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam, Celta Vigo, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Portsmouths FC which he won the league title with in 2004, and it remain to be seen if his latest move to Pirates will open the door back to the Bafana team ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations