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Mokoena Reveals Why Parreira Snubbed Benni For 2010 WC

Former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena has revealed why Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira snubbed Benni McCarthy from his 2010 FIFA World Cup squad.

Parreira, a World Cup winner with his own country, was a man of his principles, and this is one of the reasons why he did not include South Africa’s top striker, Benni McCarthy, in his final squad for the World Cup host nation.

Mbazo, who labelled the Brazilian as one of the best coaches Bafana ever had, told this and many other stories while he was speaking to iDiski Times journalist Lorenz Köhler on the 10bet BetterPod podcast on Youtube.

“I think for me, Carlos was one of the best managers, Pitso Mosimane can attest to that,” said Mokoena on the podcast.

“He was one of the best managers that South Africa ever had.

“That guy actually will tell you that if you’re above 11% fat percentage, you don’t play for instance. He believed that once you lean, you can be able to play in the World Cup.” 

Mokoena went on to explain the reason why McCarthy missed out on 2010, saying that Parreira had stuck to his principles regarding the weight issue.

“What he did first, he called myself and Benni in the room to tell him that,” Mokoena continued 

“Not even actually, before then he gave Benni the programmes to help him actually to lose a bit of weight. And the last day that he had, maybe two days before he had to announce the squad, then he called me and Benni and he told Benni he won’t take him in the squad. 

“And he even said that you’re the best striker in South Africa., but my principles are my principles. I believe that you’re overweight, to be part of the squad, so that’s how actually he told Benni.”

Mokoena said he had tried to persuade Parreira to change his mind, but the Brazilian wouldn’t budge.

“On the spot for me, I tried to convince Carlos but Carlos was a person of principles, what was a manager of principles, because in the meeting he even said that he worked with your Rivaldos, Romarios, and you could see that they were fit players. 

“Because he even brought a conditioning coach from Brazil, one of the best conditioning coach that I’ve ever worked with to help Benni and to help the team. That squad had been fit, but 2010 we were so fit.”

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.