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Benni McCarthy not ready for Bafana Bafana job

7:48 pm AEDT 29/1/17
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Former Bafana Bafana great Benni McCarthy would welcome an opportunity to coach in the PSL, as he looks to begin his coaching career

Former South Africa international Benni McCarthy believes he needs to prove himself at domestic level first before he can take on the Bafana Bafana job. The ex-Porto superstar is on the lookout for a Premier Soccer League (PSL) coaching gig as he hopes to begin his career.

The Cape Town born McCarthy who only recently completed his Uefa A coaching badge believes it is too early for him to be considered to take over the South African national team.

“I’m too young to coach Bafana. I would want to start at club level to learn quickly every day,” McCarthy told SunSport.

“The Bafana job is for established coaches like Gavin Hunt or Pitso Mosimane.

“At national level, you sit for two months without coaching and when matches come, pressure can be unbearable.

“So, I’m ruling myself out of this because I want to work every day and show my passion,” said McCarthy.

The 39-year-old expressed his desire to coach in the PSL but maintains that he needs a chairperson that will believe in him. The South African all-time leading goal scorer also wants to continue to study in his pursuit of more coaching badges.

“I’m waiting for a chairperson who is willing to take a risk with me because good players don’t necessarily mean they will become good coaches,” McCarthy said.

“I’ll wait for a club boss who will be brave enough while I continue studying further to obtain coaching badges.

“A Premier Soccer League club would be an ideal place to start.

“You have to start somewhere.”

“Gavin was given a chance at Seven Stars and Pitso at SuperSport United, and they turned out to be the best in the country.

“You need a chance and people to believe in you.”

The retired footballer has reportedly been linked to the vacant Orlando Pirates head coach position and with his latest comments a move to the PSL could materialise sooner rather than later.