The name of the former Ajax Amsterdam and FC Porto star has been mentioned among the possible replacements for Molefi Ntseki
Former Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy has said he “would not rule out” becoming coach of the South African national team “if the opportunity arises” and would like to take them at the FIFA World Cup.
Bafana’s post is currently vacant following the recent sacking of Molefi Ntseki after the team failed to advance to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations final.
Currently four months in his role as AmaZulu coach, McCarthy’s name has been thrown among the favorites to succeed Ntseki.
Even coach Clive Barker, who won the Afcon in 1996, backed McCarthy, also a former Cape Town City coach, to get an opportunity with the national team.
“As a former player and manager now you would want to be in charge of the best teams in the country you are in charge of,” McCarthy told BBC Sport.
“If that comes with the responsibility of taking your struggling national team, that’s something I wouldn’t rule out. As much as I love the day-to-day antics about managing players working day-to-day and improving them. My team National is struggling, so if there is a chance for me to take the reins and accept the South African post, I would think about it.
“I would really think about it because nothing would make me more proud than managing my country and qualifying for a World Cup tournament. It would be one of the highlights of your managerial career even if it is such a short period of time, but it’s something I think about and would consider if the opportunity arises. “
After spending part of his Premier League playing career for Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United, McCarthy claims his ultimate goal is to manage a club in England.
He has already experienced a coaching spell in Europe where he was assistant coach on the Belgian side of Sint-Truiden between 2015 and 2016.
“My main priority is that I want to go back to England – someday I want to manage in the Premier League or I want to manage a league club,” said McCarthy.
“After playing there I got this taste of what the best league in the world is and what is expected of you, so it’s mouthwatering and it’s my biggest desire.”
As the FIFA World Cup qualifiers approach, the South African Football Federation is expected to appoint a new coach soon.