Benni Explains How He Signed His Former West Ham Teammate
Benni McCarthy Explains How He Managed To Sign His Former West Ham United Teammate
Cape Town City announced the signing of former West Ham United striker, Victor Obinna on Tuesday, September 12 and Head Coach Benni McCarthy has since revealed how the acquisition came about.
McCarthy has made several new additions to his squad since being appointed at the helm of City, with Obinna being his latest recruit after the July/August transfer window period.
Speaking in a post-match press conference, McCarthy revealed that he and Obinna have been good friends ever since their time together at English Premier League outfit, West Ham United.
“He is a really good friend of mine, I know Victor from his days with the Nigerian national team when he used to be a striker partner to Obafemi Martins back then and obviously, when an African player signs for a team like Inter Milan, everybody knows about it and it was around about the time I was in England (or Spain or Portugal). So yeah, it is big news for African players when you get such an opportunity, but then I came across him at West Ham, that’s where we played together,” McCarthy said in a post-match conference.
“He was a bit young and I almost sort of took him under my wing because I was on my way out and he was in so, we just became friends and always just kept in touch all these years and obviously I learnt that he was free and he doesn’t have a club. Of course, when you are in Europe why would you want to come to South Africa so I had to pursue him a little just to get himself back into football again. To my shock and surprise, he said – why not, what does he have to lose? So that is how really he came down and that was it because we were teammates at West Ham and that’s what (has drawn) him here,” McCarthy added.