566 Soccer star Benni McCarthy talks about his new song composed especially for the Afcon. 140113. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Zara Nicholson

BAFANA Bafana star striker Benni McCarthy has put on his music hat again.

This time he has released a song titled Viva Afrika to inspire Africans ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), which starts on Saturday.

McCarthy, who will not be taking part in the tournament because of injury, was last in the recording studio in 1998, collaborating with TKZee on the hit track Shibobo.

For his latest song, he teamed up with new hip hop act Team Tswara, and wrote the lyrics, which talk about Africans beating the odds and becoming successful.

The song was recorded in London last year and was produced by Dome in Joburg.

Yesterday, his agent, Percy Adams, said McCarthy’s lyrics were not aimed only at Bafana Bafana players, but to all Africans to inspire them.

“He talks about his own success and how he made it internationally, and encourages people to fight poverty, saying they can also become something,” Adams said.

McCarthy, of Hanover Park, is Bafana Bafana’s top goalscorer. His international career has spanned over a decade – he has played for European and English clubs such as West Ham United, Porto, Blackburn Rovers, Celta Vigo and Ajax Amsterdam.

He is currently signed to local club Orlando Pirates.

McCarthy also recorded a song, Amabagabaga, dedicated to Orlando Pirates fans, thanking them for welcoming him back to South African soccer.

Adams said McCarthy hoped a new star for Bafana Bafana would emerge from the Afcon tournament.

McCarthy will play for Orlando Pirates for one more season and is considering a career either in soccer management or as a coach.

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