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By unknown | Sep 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy arrived in the country yesterday, in preparation for the crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Zambia at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday.

The Blackburn Rovers player who performed above himself and scored the crucial goal in his side's Premier League game against Manchester City at Ewood Park last weekend, is likely to add value to the national side.

McCarthy last played for South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt last year when they lost dismally without scoring a goal in the tournament.

The Bafana Bafana side was coached by Ted Dumitru at the time.

Sipho Nkumane, the Bafana Bafana manager, said they were pleased to have McCarthy in the side.

"He arrived today [yesterday] and we hope that he will add value to the side," he said.

Nkumane said they have not observed the spirit yet, but he is optimistic that the side will do well in their last Afcon qualifier.

He also appealed to the South African public to give the home side support in this crucial encounter.

Senior national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira arrived in Cape Town yesterday accompanied by Kaizer Chiefs' Cyril Nzama, Teko Modise of Orlando Pirates and Bevan Fransman of Moroka Swallows.

The trio were joined by Papi Zothwane of Lamontville Golden Arrows who arrived in the Mother City from Durban yesterday.

Local players Brett Evans and Thembinkosi Fanteni of Ajax Cape Town also joined their Bafana Bafana teammates at the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel to commence the camp ahead of Sunday's match.

Both Benedict Vilakazi and Siyabonga Nomvethe were due to arrive by late yesterday from Denmark.

Parreira's assistant Pitso Mosimane will not be on the bench as he will be attending a month-long coaching course conducted by the German Football Association.

Some administrators who attended the course are Serame Letsoaka, Augusto Palacios, Doctor Khumalo and Teboho Moloi.

Tickets for this crucial game are already on sale at Computicket outlets nationwide.

Tickets for level one main grandstand cost R50 and tickets for all other stands and levels cost R30.

People interested in corporate packages can contact Justin at Circa Hospitality on (011) 347 1430 or via e-mail on


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