Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Benni's Omission Shocked Hughes

Benni's Omission Shocked Hughes

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he was shocked by Benni McCarthy's omission from South Africa's African Cup of Nations squad.

Carlos Alberto Parreira named his 23-man squad last week but one of the major shocks was the absence of McCarthy, something that surprised even Hughes as he was preparing for McCarthy's absence for up to six weeks. Despite reports to the contrary Hughes insists that Rovers put no pressure on anyone for McCarthy to be omitted.

Hughes told Sky Sports: "It was a surprise to Benni initially that he got called back into the squad earlier this year.

"But it was a new manager and, obviously, he wanted to see what options he had. Maybe that's behind it.

"I'd have to speak to Benni because I was unaware of it.

"We haven't put any pressure on Benni or South Africa not to include him, and we were preparing to be without him
."

Personally I'm still also coming to terms with the surprise of this, but it was a VERY pleasant surprise!!!

NOT REGISTERED TO VITAL BLACKBURN? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! Register by clicking here.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Walker
Date:Monday December 3 2007
Time: 8:20PM

Comments

0
Still finding it strange to understand why he was left out?!?! It seemed pointless bringing him back as they did to only leave him out again. But I'm happy they did!
Hughes Da Man
03/12/2007 20:24:00
0
If Crouch was to leave us, McCarthy would be the player I want to replace him. On another note, what's happened to Pederson? He seems to have faded away.
Aamir
03/12/2007 20:39:00
0
Pedersen regularly does fade away, but when he does come back, he comes back with a bang. for a few games lol
sasman
03/12/2007 21:53:00
0
Hughes may be shocked, but he is internally jumping for joy!
Decimus Poole
04/12/2007 09:09:00
0
McCarthy stormed off home when he was subbed during the Newcastle match... I hope he's not up to his old moody ways again
FreidelNo.1
04/12/2007 13:33:00
0
I think some player (not that it is acceptable) are like this, so although Sparky won't be doing with this he knows what Benni is like doesn't it.
The newspapers are making a big deal of it, but I don't think it's ANYTHING at all.
Hughes Da Man
04/12/2007 20:53:00
0
I not really surprised about Benni being left out of the squad as he's either retired or not, it just shows that SA are just going to give youth a chance, either that or they are not interested in winning it!!
Clint
05/12/2007 10:58:00
0
I'm happy that he isn't going, but I am VERY surprised he wasn't selected.
Hughes Da Man
06/12/2007 10:10:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Who Will Blackburn Face In 2016/17 (30/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of the Championship for 2016/17 is now known.

Graham Could Still Make Blackburn Move

Wigan, Birmingham & Preston are all being linked with Graham; Celtic could also make a move for the Sunderland striker who will leave the Stadium of Light on a free transfer.

Henley Out Of Wales Squad

Coleman has regularly selected Henley in his Welsh squads since the twice capped right back returned to the fold in March last year but he's returned from the Portugal training camp.

Ainsworth 'Flattered' But Committed To Wycombe

Lambert's successor is still unclear, one of those linked with the vacancy being former Blackburn youngster Ainsworth. Flattered as he said he is he's not looking to leave Wycombe.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Walker
Editor email
Profile
VitalRovers
no email
Profile
Mikey Delap
no email
Profile
Sasman!
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Reading MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Steele13%
Marshall5%
Duffy1%
Hanley2%
Kilgallon7%
Lenihan7%
Lowe1%
Jordi Gomez1%
Bennett2%
Graham55%
Grimes1%
Sub - Evans2%
Sub - Jackson2%
Sub - Conway1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Walker7
2.dallydally6
3.@roverseas5
4.mobyduck5
5.tonys1
6.jimbogeesus1