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Top South African footballer thinks vuvuzela annoying

07-15-2010 10:27 BJT

JOHANNESBURG, July 14 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's all-time leading goal scorer in international competition, Benni McCarthy said on Wednesday he hates vuvuzelas and hopes they never make their way into the English Premier League.

Vuvuzelas are the noisy plastic trumpets which gained renown during the June 11-July 11 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Although McCarthy trained with South Africa's national team, Bafana Bafana, he did not make the final squad for the World Cup. However, he remained in South Africa as a fan.

According to Football365 on Wednesday he described the vuvuzela as "the worst thing".

"It's a typical South African thing, but the reason I hate them is that when I am playing I can't hear myself and I can't get my message across.It's the most annoying thing and you could go deaf, so I hope they don't bring them into English football."

McCarthy, who is 32 and has scored 32 goals for South Africa, plays for English Premier League side West Ham United.

"That is South African football, this is the Premier League, which is the singing and the cheering your team on. That's what it's all about," he said.

However, despite his antipathy towards the little trumpets, McCarthy believes hosting the World Cup has already made a positive, lasting impact on the nation of his birth.

"For the country it has been really nice," he said. "For the infrastructure, the country is in a better state.

"A lot of people had a completely different perception of South Africa and now they have some really nice things to say about it and everyone wants to go there. It is now a holiday destination."

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Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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