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Lucas Radebe: Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is not ready to coach Bafana Bafana

23:27 GMT+3 26/03/2019
Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City
The former Leeds United captain believes that McCarthy can coach the national team, but he feels the Cape Town City boss isn't ready as yet

Legendary South African defender Lucas Radebe feels that Benni McCarthy is still inexperienced to be considered for the Bafana Bafana coaching job.

The retired striker recently expressed his desire to one day coach the South African senior national team in future. 

Some have suggested that McCarthy should be Baxter’s long-term replacement should the experienced mentor leave Bafana before the expiry of his contract in 2022.

However, Radebe feels McCarthy still has a lot to learn before he can attempt at coaching Bafana Bafana. 

“Benni still has a lot to learn, in my opinion,” Radebe told Isolezwe.

Nonetheless, Radebe, who played with McCarthy at the 2002 Fifa World Cup finals in Korea/Japan, believes that his former Bafana team-mate is destined to coach the national team in future.

“He is on the right path and his experience is starting to show, and he can be a Bafana coach in the future," the former South Africa captain added.

Two-time PSL title-winning coach Baxter recently guided Bafana to the 2019 Afcon finals when he masterminded a 2-1 victory over Libya last weekend.

Baxter's future with the South African Football Association (Safa) was in doubt after he indicated that he would seriously consider resigning had the team failed to qualify for the continental showpiece.

McCarthy, who is currently coaching Cape Town City, won his first trophy with the Mother City-based side when he guided them to the 2018 MTN8 title.

The Citizens are now competing for this season's PSL and Nedbank Cup trophies under McCarthy.