Cape Town City boss John Comitis delights in Benni McCarthy's Uefa Pro Licence success

The City chairman is proud of McCarthy's recent achievement after bagging the highest coaching course in Europe

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis has expressed after his coach Benni McCarthy successfully acquired his Uefa Pro Licence coaching course.

The veteran football administrator stated that he hopes to have found his Sir Alex Ferguson in McCarthy.

“I’m completely smitten. There are a little more than 8 000 coaches in the world with a Pro Licence. Of those, there are only two black coaches in Africa to have done so, and Benni is one of the two. What more can I say about the man?” Comitis told IOL.

“But, having achieved the highest coaching qualification in Europe, as a club we are asking that Benni is patient with us,” he added.

In his two-year career as a coach in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), McCarthy managed to lead the Mother City based-side to his first MTN8 Cup trophy after beating SuperSport United in the final back in September and Comitis has urged him to remain patient with them.

McCarthy now joins former Moroka Swallows coach Zeca Marques and ex-Cape Town Spurs boss in Mich D'Avray as the only two coaches in South Africa who hold the highest coaching qualification in football. 

“As a coach, he has grown and will continue to go from strength to strength. When he eventually leaves us, we hope that it will be for something big,” he continued.

Referring to the former Manchester United coach, Ferguson, Comitis said hoped the former Ajax Amsterdam forward to remain with the Wafa Wafa champions for many years to come.

“For now, while he is with City, we are hoping that we have found our Ferguson,” responded the chairman.

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Moreover, the former Ajax Cape Town boss dropped a hint that striker Tokelo Rantie could make his highly anticipated debut on Sunday when they face Black Leopards in Cape Town, but is still working on his fitness since his arrival two months ago.

“TK (Rantie) is still working on his fitness. But we know his quality and we don’t really want to rush him into action. We want to get him to the point where he is ready to go,” he added.

“But I guess we have to start the ball rolling with him somewhere - and Sunday could just be the day to offer him some game time,” he concluded.