South African football star arrives for World Cup

10:06, May 13, 2010      

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Benni McCarthy, South Africa's all-time record goal scoring footballer, finally arrived in South Africa on Wednesday to join the national team Bafana Bafana in their preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup which kicks off in Johannesburg on June 11.

McCarthy was not with the squad during their training camp in Brazil in March or the follow-up in Germany in April.

He has scored 32 goals for South Africa. McCarthy plays for West Ham in the UK.

The South African Press Association reported that on Monday German based goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez arrived and passed a fitness and medical tests on his right knee ligaments.

Last week another striker, Bernard Parker, who helped FC Twente win the Dutch Premier League, also arrived for the camp.

Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira will trim his squad to 23 on June 1 as per FIFA rules.

Parker, Fernandez and McCarthy might get some game time when Bafana Bafana, ranked 90th in the world, play 105th ranked Thailand at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, in South Africa's Mpumalanga province on Sunday.



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