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OFFICIAL: Benni McCarthy replaces Tinkler as Cape Town City's coach

2:53 PM IST 13/06/17
Benni McCarthy
Cape Town City on Tuesday officially unveiled legendary South African striker Benni McCarthy as their new coach

Cape Town City on Tuesday appointed Benni McCarthy as their new coach on a three-year deal.

The Bafana legend replaces Eric Tinkler who left for SuperSport United last week Thursday.

McCarthy has been tipped as a hot-favourite to replace Tinkler, as he pipped experienced campaigners such as Dutch legend Ruud Krol to the post.

"I know the targets that I want and that I've set for myself, finishing third was incredible and it is a perfect platform for me," McCarthy told reporters after his unveiling.

“I have to thank the chairman and the club for having the faith in me and believing that I am the right guy to achieve unbelievable things with this club," McCarthy said.

“I hope to pay back the faith [they showed in me] by working hard,” continued the former FC Porto striker.

The 39-year-old's only coaching stint since hanging up his boots in 2013 came with Belgian side Sint-Truiden where he acted as assistant to South African-born coach Chris O'Loughlin, but the pair lasted for eight months in the job.

McCarthy is well aware of the concerns that City took a gamble by appointing him given his lack of experience as a coach, but the former Blackburn Rovers frontman is unfazed. 

“I’ve seen experienced managers who have been in the game for many, many years fail,” he replied.

“So, why not invest in someone new and see what they can bring to the table? Everyone has to start somewhere, and luckily for me, I’m getting the perfect opportunity to start my coaching career off as I did as a player - I was ambitious coming from an underprivileged background, but I wanted to strive for success. And many thought, where is this club going with a 17-year-old kid, but the club knew what I was capable of, and the levels I could reach if they continued their belief in me,” McCarthy said.

“And I think the chairman and Cape Town City are doing the same right now, and I know what I have to do to try and succeed, and hopefully I prove that, day by day,” added McCarthy.