There is an aura of invincibility that Benni McCarthy – the country’s most successful striker – has brought in the Orlando Pirates camp.
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As he was awarded the cheque and small trophy as the Telkom Knockout Striker of the Tournament, the Hanovar Park-born seems less surprised but probably more flattered.
The instant success in Bucs colours, he added, has taken him aback a bit. However, he is now enjoying his football. McCarthy walked away with R100 000 in prize money.
The former Bafana Bafana marksman scored a total of three goals throughout the campaign –two goals shy of claiming the ‘Top goal scorer’ of the tournament to claim the R150 000 prize money.
“It feels good to win this award and I’m surprised by the work rate that I’ve put in this year, I’m finally reaping the rewards so early in the season
“Credit to my teammates because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to get myself to train hard and play well. They helped me a hell of a lot, so a big shout-out to my teammates”
On receiving his award, the former FC Porto striker extended an olive branch to the BidVest Wits camp and also had kind words for Ryan Chapman – the BidVest Wits lanky forward who was instrumental in getting the Students to the finals.
“My teammates contributed immensely to my goals and performance, and I would also like to thank Ryan for the competition, I knew it was going to be close but maybe he will win it next time.”
“For the fact that I was voted the best in this category and for such a big tournament in our country, it’s an honour.Now I have a Telkom Knockout Top Striker trophy in my cabinet, as well as R100 000 richer, what more could one ask for.”