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After Goal revealed that Benni McCarthy went to the United Kingdom to study coaching, his brother Jerome confirms that Benni always wanted to coach


By Ernest Makhaya

Just a few months after his retirement from football, former Orlando Pirates and Bafana striker Benni McCarthy has taken up Uefa coaching courses, and he is currently learning at Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic.

Better known for his Uefa Champions League triumph at FC Porto, McCarthy retired last month after two seasons in the PSL, initially winning the treble with Pirates. 

His brother Jerome told Goal that Benni McCarthy is in Scotland and that it has been his dream to become a coach one day.

“Benni always wanted to do coaching after football. It is not surprising at all that he is currently doing the coaching courses,” Jerome McCarthy told Goal about the former Blackburn Rovers striker.

Benni McCarthy was presenting on television as a soccer analyst while injured, and local fans were surprised to hear about his coaching plans recently. 

“I am not sure how long it will take for him to complete it, but he will come home and return to Europe for a month around October,” he said.

35-year-old Benni McCarthy is one of the few success stories of South African football after the countries sporting isolation. He remains the only South African-born player with a Uefa Champions League medal. McCarthy also remains Bafana Bafana's all-time highest goalscorer with 31 goals from 80 caps.

Benni McCarthy's agent Ivan Modia explained the arrangement with Scotland television station STV.

“We spoke with Neil (Lennon) to see if it was OK and if he (Benni) could learn at Celtic's training sessions.

“Neil said 'absolutely' and we are very happy he agreed," said Modia about Celtic's manager Lennon.  

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