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Remember Benni's Run-Ins With SAFA?

Tokelo Rantie is reportedly set to face disciplinary action from SAFA soon, but remember Benni McCarthy's relationship with South African football's governing body?

McCarthy, a UEFA Champions League winner with Jose Mourinho's FC Porto, is arguably one of South Africa's greatest ever exports – but even he wasn't bigger than SAFA.

The news of Rantie's expulsion from the Bafana camp reminded us of McCarthy, who had a long and hostile relationship with the governing body since making his international debut against the Netherlands in 2007.

McCarthy had several run-ins with SAFA, and as you may recall, he first retired from Bafana Bafana back in 1999, and it resulted in him not particpating in the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations. 

The striker, however, returned to the national team in 2004, but that wasn't where the conflict between himself and SAFA ended.

The two parties clashed a few more times, such as in 2008 when McCarthy pulled out of international duty for family reasons. The forward was criticised by many South Africans for his actions, but it did not deter him.

McCarthy was then omitted from Bafana's 2010 World Cup squad in SA, after receiving criticism in Mzansi for being overweight.

Despite his troubles with SAFA, the striker remains the country's record goalscorer, with the player finding the net 32 times in 80 international appearances. 

Who do you think is our next Benni? 

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