The kid-glove treatment given serially wayward Benni McCarthy by the South African Football Association (Safa) is annoying, to say the least.
McCarthy has always made it his business to unsettle Bafana Bafana by hogging the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Safa, on the other hand, has been shown up as hopeless whenever Benni thumbs his nose at national call-ups..
As happened in the past to other coaches, newcomer Joel Santana has had to field questions about the player's absence rather than talk about his plans for the coming match against Nigeria away.
We urge Safa to have guts enough to give McCarthy the boot. Now.