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Orlando Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza sees Benni McCarthy as the vital final element needed for the club to become champions of Africa again.

According to KICK OFF, Pirates have been in contact with his manager, Rob Moore, and that Khoza is desperate to sign Bafana Bafana’s all-time top goalscorer.

This has been confirmed by two sources very close to the player, and George Comitis, Ajax Cape Town’s CEO.

“I know Irvin has been on to Rob about Benni – Benni told me that himself – but I don’t know how serious they are.”

McCarthy has been training with Ajax  for the past week, and the general expectation is that he will sign for the club.

“It is time to come home,” McCarthy told KICK OFF this week. “I don’t really see myself starting all over again in another country. I’ve moved around enough.”

Yet McCarthy admits that he is not yet convinced that Ajax is the right destination. There is an emotional pull – he will be back in his hometown, and furthermore, the club was launched on the back of his transfer from Seven Stars to Ajax Amsterdam in 1997.

“I feel a lot for Ajax, of course,” the 33-year-old striker said. “But I’m not sure of their ambitions on the pitch – what they are saying to me is more about what we can do off the pitch, attracting more fans and that. I’m still ambitious to win more trophies.

“Pirates are talking about winning the African Champions League – I could become the first player to win the Champions League in Europe and in Africa. That will be a special record.”

So does this mean McCarthy will be signing for Pirates?

He refuses to comment further, on the record, but stresses, “As a kid, growing up playing football, you always wanted to play for Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates; you wanted to play in that Derby.

“Me, I wanted to play for Chiefs, but really, Chiefs or Pirates, that was the dream. They are our Real Madrid and Barcelona; it is every kid’s dream.”

A close confidante of the McCarthy family, who asked not to be named, says he would advise the player to join Pirates. “That would be two really big brands coming together,” the Gauteng-based advisor said. “Benni can be magic there.”

Comitis, however, remains confident that he will secure McCarthy’s signature. “I know he really wants to be with us, here in Cape Town, despite all the talk about winning another champions League,” he said.

Mamelodi Sundowns have also enquired about McCarthy, some two months back, and according to the player, “they are still sniffing”.

But he is clearly not as impressed by the lure of Patrice Motsepe’s money, as he is by the thought of scoring goals in the Soweto Derby, and in the African Champions League Final.

Source: Goal.com

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