Benni McCarthy Defends Themba Zwane In Kaizer Chiefs-Doctor Khumalo debate
Benni McCarthy, the former South African international and current attacking coach at Manchester United has entered the debate over who is the greatest footballer in South African history, between Themba Zwane and Doctor Khumalo. The debate has been a hot topic on social media in recent days, with fans debating whether Zwane or Khumalo is the better player. McCarthy has urged supporters to be fair to Zwane and has claimed that Khumalo is the greatest footballer in South African history.
In his response to the statement that Zwane is a better footballer than Khumalo, McCarthy wrote,
“Very unfair on Themba Zwane to compare him with the legendary Doc ‘16V’ Khumalo. Doggies is the best there was and ever will be in South African football history. That’s my five cents’ worth.”
While Zwane has enjoyed immense success with Mamelodi Sundowns, including being a key part of Rhulani Mokwena’s plans, he hasn’t made a mark in the international arena quite like Kaizer Chief’s hero Khumalo. Khumalo spent over a decade and a half with the Glamour Boys, amassing a half-century of appearances for the national side, and was part of the South Africa team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996, before competing in the country’s first World Cup appearance two years later.
McCarthy’s input is unlikely to end the debate, with fans seemingly enjoying the argument over who is the greatest footballer in South African history. However, many fans were delighted to see the Bafana Bafana legend showing respect for South African legend Khumalo.
Zwane has been named in the Bafana Bafana squad for the double-header against Liberia later this month and will be in action for Sundowns this weekend. The PSL league leaders are away at Sudanese giants Al-Hilal on Saturday as they look to further advance their continental ambitions.
In conclusion, while the debate between Zwane and Khumalo over who is the greatest footballer in South African history continues, it is clear that both players have made a significant impact on the game in their own way. McCarthy’s input into the debate has added to the discussion and highlighted the importance of showing respect for the achievements of South African footballing legends.