McCarthy recalled to Bafana squad By Piers Edwards BBC Sport, Johannesburg Benni McCarthy has been recalled to the South Africa squad South Africa's top goalscorer Benni McCarthy has been recalled to the national squad after nine months out. He is included in Carlos Alberto Parreira's first squad since being re-appointed as Bafana Bafana coach. Former coach Joel Santana dropped the 31-year-old for disciplinary reasons. "We have just two friendlies left this year and it's time to bring Benni back to the group, to see how he is and whether he can help us or not," said assistant coach Jairo Leal. The World Cup hosts continue their preparations for next year's finals with friendlies at home to Japan on 14 November and against Jamaica three days later. Ironically, McCarthy's recall comes at a time when he is struggling with Blackburn Rovers, for whom he has not started a league game since the opening day of the season. Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce said this week that he would understand if McCarthy, who boasts 31 goals from 76 caps, left the club in the January transfer window. "We want to see Benni playing, so that we can get the real Benni back," Pitso Mosimane, Parreira's other assistant, told BBC Sport. "We want him to have a lot of action so that it will benefit the national team." Kermit Erasmus is celebrating a promotion to the senior squad While McCarthy's return was the squad's headline act, the supporting cast was played out by the call-up of three under-20 players. Goalkeeper Darren Keet, midfielder Daylon Classen and forward Kermit Erasmus all shone at the recent Under-20 World Cup, where South Africa were knocked out by champions Ghana. "We know them, we like them, we have followed them - and we want to give them a chance in the last two friendly games of the year," Leal explained. Parreira's two assistant coaches were largely responsible for drawing up the squad, which included seven players who did not make Santana's final games in charge. In addition to McCarthy and the under-20 players, defender Bongani Khumalo, midfielders Daine Klate and Reneilwe Letsholonyane now have a chance to stake a claim for a World Cup spot. Steven Pienaar is absent through injury, while there's no place for Nasief Morris, also ousted by Santana for indiscipline, and Matthew Booth, who recently returned from injury. "This squad is not a final list, so let's not jump the gun," assured Mosimane. Meanwhile, Parreira, 66, attended Thursday's press conference just hours after landing in South Africa to start his new job. "It's a big pleasure to be back," said the man who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup. Having left the South Africa post last year to care for his ill wife, Parreira was reappointed in October with a contract that ends just after the 2010 World Cup. Bafana Bafana have lost eight of their last nine matches. Squad: Goalkeepers: Rowen Fernandez (Armenia Bielefeld, Germany), Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates) Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth, England), Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport United), Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Lucas Thwala (Orlando Pirates) Midfielders: Anele Ngongca (Genk, Belgium), Daylon Classen (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Kaizer Chiefs), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Fulham, England), Teko Modise (Orlando Pirates), Macbeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Kaizer Chiefs), Elrio van Heerden (Blackburn Rovers, England), Daine Klate (SuperSport United) Strikers: Bernard Parker (FC Twente, Netherlands), Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Mabhuti Khenyeza (Mamelodi Sundowns), Benni McCarthy, (Blackburn Rovers, England), Kermit Erasmus (Feyenoord, Netherlands) Naamini Ben alikuwa anahitajika sana kwenye hiki kikosi kwa kuwa hakuna striker anayemkaribia kwa ubora SA, na tatizo kubwa la timu lilikuwa ni kwenye strikers, Ben ni natural goal scorer and he deserves to in the team. Well done Perreira.