Former Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy has been the victim of an armed robbery in Johannesburg, South Africa.
It is believed that the former striker was specifically targeted by multiple gunmen in a busy barber shop near Melrose Arch, Northern Johannesburg.
McCarthy's agent has confirmed that the robbers stole jewellery from the South African forward. The Guardian reports that eye-witness Percy Adams said one man pointed a gun at McCarty's face and demanded his watch, earrings and wedding ring. Adams told Eyewitness News that McCarthy was not hurt and that no-one else was targeted by the robbers.
Benni McCarthy, a Champions League winner under Jose Mourinho in 2004, is yet to speak publicly about the incident, in which eight other people were present in the barber shop.
Police officer Katlego Mogale said: "They fled the scene in a black BMW with unknown registration numbers. At this stage the investigation is continuing with the assistance of the shopping complex. The investigators will be able to see CCTV footage."
What is Benni doing now?
McCarthy is currently a coach a Scottish side Hibernian, with his current dream of emulating Jose Mourinho still very much a possibility. McCarthy had a fantastic footballing brain during his playing days, and it is good to see him use them skills in a coaching role.
Thankfully, McCarthy wasn't hurt in this incident. South Africa however is getting a reputation for these sorts of things. In late 2014, South African goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in his home near Johannesburg, leaving many high-profile footballers fearing for their safety there.
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