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Khoza considering Benni McCarthy for Orlando Pirates coaching job

11:00 SAST 2017/01/24
Benni McCarthy with Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza
The 39-year-old accomplished footballer has been linked with a position in the Bucs technical team since last year

Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates are reportedly set to appoint Benni McCarthy as their new permanent head coach.

The Buccaneers are currently in the market for a coach, who will take over from caretaker trainer Augusto Palacios by the end of the current season.

Several tacticians including former Free State Stars trainer Giovanni Solinas and current Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic have been linked with the Bucs coaching job.

Now according to The Citizen, Pirates chairman Dr Irvin Khoza is seriously considering appointing McCarthy as the club's head coach.

“Khoza wanted to continue with local coaches, he sees that Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are hanging on to their local mentors, and he wouldn’t want to be the odd one out. Benni is available and he knows the culture of the club,” The Citizen source said.

Sundowns have enjoyed a lot of success in recent times under Pitso Mosimane, who is a former Bucs striker. The Brazilians won the 2015/16 PSL title and 2016 Caf Champions League title.

Last year, former Bucs striker McCarthy acquired his Uefa A Licence which is the second highest coaching certificate available in European football.

He was part of Belgian top flight club Sint-Truiden technical team as an assistant coach between 2015 September and April 2016.