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Former South Africa star Benni McCarthy wants to be national team next coach

Benni McCarthy

South Africa football icon and all-time top scorer Benni McCarthy has revealed he is considering taking up the coaching job of the Bafana Bafana.

The 43-year-old is currently in charge of  Premier Soccer League side AmaZulu.

The position of coach of the South Africa national team is currently vacant following the dismissal of Molefi Ntseki after Bafana Bafana  failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

“As a former player and a manager now you would want to be in charge of the best teams in the country where you are managing,” the former Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto and Blackburn striker told BBC Sport.

“If that comes with the responsibility of taking your national team that’s been struggling – it is something that I wouldn’t rule out.

“As much as I love the day-to-day antics about managing players working on a daily basis and improving them my national team is struggling so if there is a chance for me to take the reins and take the South African job I would think about it.

“I would really think hard about it because nothing would make me prouder than to manage my country and qualify us to a World Cup tournament.

“That would be one of the highlights of your managing career even though it is such a short space of time but it is something that I am thinking about and would consider if the opportunity comes.”

South Africa, who beat hosts Egypt at the 2019 Nations Cup finals to reach the quarter-finals, missed out on next year’s tournament in Cameroon as they lost 2-0 in Sudan in their final qualifier.

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