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McCarthy talks about his admiration for Pirates player



Benni McCarthy has admitted through a slip of the tongue that AmaZulu has an interest in Orlando Pirates defender Bongani Sam.

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The error came at McCarthy’s pre-match press conference, ahead of Friday’s 1-0 win over Horoya FC in the Café Champions League.

McCarthy was asked about AmaZulu’s interest in France-based Bongani Zungu. But the AmaZulu head coach went on to talk about how he would have liked Orlando Pirates’ Bongani Sam and how his advances were rebuffed.

“Yeah, I’m a big fan of that kid (Sam). But I think there was a misunderstanding because the question was about Bongani Zungu,” McCarthy said with a mischievous laugh at the post-match press conference.

“I made the mistake of thinking they said Bongani Sam. I will admit once again that I would have liked that player. But Pirates made it clear that he’s not going anywhere, so I can’t do anything even if the player wanted to come and play for me.”

Sam has seen little action at Pirates this season, so McCarthy hoped to have him on loan until the end of the season.

“You have to respect the club he plays for. He is under the same manager as I am. If anything happens (regarding Sam’s transfer) I will be one of the first to know,” added McCarthy.

About Zungu, he said he has never had contact with the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder.

Zungu is currently with Amiens SC in France but his contract expires in June.

He has been associated with a number of local clubs, including AmaZulu, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

“I heard I’d been in touch with Zungu, but those are just rumours, I’ve never contacted him.”

Luvuyo Memela scored the only goal of the match for AmaZulu against Horoya, as they took their first ever win in the Café Champions League.

Their next game in Group B is at home on Friday against Algerian giants ES Setif.

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