South African coach Alberta Parreira took the bold decision to drop the country’s highest scoring player, 32 year old Benni McCarthy, who plays for West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League, along with four other players who were in the list of unfortunate cuts from the original 28 man squad the coach had initially selected prior to the June 1 deadline for this 23 man squad.
Goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez of Armenia Bielefeld and PAOK’s right back Bryce Moon also miss out on playing for the host nation.
South Africa 23 Man Squad for FIFA World Cup 2010
Goalkeepers: Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Shu-Aib Walters (Maritzburg United)
Defenders: Matthew Booth, Siboniso Gaxa (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa), Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth), Anele Ngcongoa (Racing Genk), Siyabonga Sangweni (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates).
Midfielders: Lance Davids (Ajax Cape Town), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Fulham), Thanduyise Khuboni (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns), Steven Pienaar (Everton), MacBeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs).
Forwards: Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Siyabonga Nomvete (Moroka Swallows), Bernard Parker (FC Twente).