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McCarthy Left Out Of South Africa World Cup Squad

South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has left West Ham striker Benni McCarthy out of his 23-man World Cup squad. McCarthy, 32, was one of six players cut from the host nation's 29-man training group
PTI June 01, 2010 16:58 IST
PTI

South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has left West Ham striker Benni McCarthy out of his 23-man World Cup squad.

McCarthy, 32, was one of six players cut from the host nation's 29-man training group when Parreira named his final squad Tuesday.

South Africa's all-time leading goalscorer, McCarthy has struggled with his fitness and been criticized at home for being overweight.

German-based goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez and defender Bryce Moon were also left out.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar was included in the squad read out by assistant coach Pitso Mosimane, as was veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvete. Nomvete completed an unlikely comeback after being dropped in 2008. AP