May 9, 2021

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Safa release statement on Benni McCarthy as links with Bafana Bafana job intensify

The football governing body is looking to recruit a new coach before the national team begins their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in June.

The South African Football Association issued a statement amid speculation that Amazulu FC mentor Benni McCarthy is set to be named the new head coach of Bafana Bafana.

The legendary South African striker has been heavily linked with the coaching post which became vacant following the dismissal of Molefi Ntseki following Bafana Bafana’s failure to advance to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations final. two months ago.

Former Bafana coaches Carlos Queiroz and Pitso Mosimane were believed to be vying for the position of Bafana, but recent reports have indicated the duo are not interested in taking over the national team for the second time.

On Thursday, Safa announced that the Bafana’s new coach would be unveiled next week and they have now issued the following statement regarding media speculation.

“We have noted that various publications over the past week have reported that the appointment of the new coach of Bafana Bafana has been concluded,” a statement said on Sunday.

“First it was Carlos Queiroz then Pitso Mosimane and more recently Amazulu coach Benni McCarthy.

“Safa has always stated that the Technical Committee will submit its final recommendations to the Safa NEC, the highest decision-making body, which will ultimately make the announcement once the process is complete.”

McCarthy, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest South African footballers of all time, impressed at AmaZulu after turning the team into PSL title contenders after joining the KwaZulu-Natal giants in December 2020.

The local football governing body has explained that it has no intention of derailing Amazulu’s good run with Usuthu undefeated in their last 16 league games.

“We note that Benni McCarthy’s name comes at a time when AmaZulu is at the top of the table and it could look like Safa wants to derail the club’s good run,” a further statement read.

“We are satisfied with AmaZulu’s current good run, but Safa will announce the new coach as soon as the issue is dealt with by the NEC.”

McCarthy, 43, also coached Cape Town City between 2017 and 2019 and guided the Mother City team to the 2018 MTN8 triumph.