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Legend Benni Mccarthy Blasts South African Footballers for Image Crafting and Not Delivering on the Pitch
- Legendary former striker-turned coach Benni McCarthy has laid into underperforming South African footballers for placing image above delivering on the field
- He said that social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram Tik Tok had made them lose focus from realising their potential
- McCarthy pointed to his stints as Cape Town City and Amazulu as a source of frustration, decrying the lack of clinical strikers
Coach and former lethal striker Benni McCarthy has lamented the trend of South African footballers being concerned with crafting their images on social media instead of delivering the goods on field of play.
His coaching tenures at Cape Town City and Amazulu have left him frustrated, watching on as professional footballers missed opportunities they had no business missing.
According to Kick Off, McCarthy said:
"I think South African players have far more important things in their life than football. Tik Tok, Instagram, and Twitter seem to be far more important to these guys. Their image matters more than being the best player you can be.
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Put a little more emphasis on your playing career and less time on social media. I think that would make a huge difference because the quality and talent is there. You can see it on a daily basis but players are so quick to want to get off the training field so they can be on their phones and do whatever it is that they do.
In March while still in the employment of Amazulu, McCarthy had a go at players for suffering from 'second seas blues', as per Soccer Laduma. This was him trying to figure out why his teams fall off a cliff after he leads them to good finishes in his debut season.
Ex Kaizer Chiefs striker Leonardo Castro exposes bad alcohol drinking culture at the Amakhosi
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Former Kaizer Chiefs sharp shooter Daniel Cardoso has said that there was a problematic drinking culture at the club that permeates through South African football.
As reported on Sports Brief, the Colombian was one of many players like Daniel Cardoso, Bernard Parker, Lebogang Manyama and Ramahlwe Mphahlele who were shown the door by the Amakhosi in a large-scale overhaul.
Cardoso recently claimed that some players would arrive drunk to practices.