Orlando Pirates’ PRO, Mickey Modisane, has explained that the club was left surprised by Benni McCarthy’s retirement.
The 35-year-old announced last week that he had decided to hang up his boots after a difficult, injury-ridden season with the Buccaneers this time around, although until now the club have failed to comment on the situation.
Modisane has since told the club’s official website, orlandopiratesfc.com, that the news came as a shock to the club.
He said, “I am referring to the manner in which Mr Benni McCarthy left the club, which got many of us by surprise.
“As you all know, it is an open secret that he has retired from the game. To us, his retirement came as a shock as we were expecting his return with the rest of our playing personnel. Moreover, his contract still has few days to expire.
“Unfortunately he took that decision without informing nor consulting us - we only heard about his permanent departure from the media.
“It is indeed an unfortunate situation for us and all those that loved to see him on the pitch; we bid him farewell and we wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”
In a recent interview with Soccer-Laduma, McCarthy explained that he did try and get hold of Pirates’ chairman, Irvin Khoza, ahead of his retirement, although had no luck in getting through to him.