Wed. Sep 23rd, 2020

McCarthy backed by City boss for Bafana job

cape town city vs highlands parkBenni McCarthy is widely tipped as a possible successor for Stuart Baxter at Bafana Bafana.

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Cape Town City chairman John Comitis says he would give coach Benni McCarthy his blessing should the Bafana legend want to take over the reins from Stuart Baxter in the national team.

The City coach has been tipped as a possible successor to the Brit, having enjoyed a decent first two seasons as head coach at a professional outfit.

While Baxter still has three more years remaining in his contract, he has endured a topsy-turvy spell at the helm – failing to guide Bafana to the 2018 Fifa World Cup before turning this around with Afcon qualification.

Should there be a big change in the national team’s technical setup, McCarthy’s name could feature prominently, and Comitis has revealed that he would not stand in his way should he look to make the step up.

“I have learnt in football that you cannot control external environments, you have to control your own environment and you do what you can do with your own club. When things happen around you then you must redirect, re-access and then you move forward,” Comitis told The Citizen.

“If it is an honour for him to go to the Bafana team and he feels it is the right time for him, then we will support him and move on to find another coach. But I am quite confident he is happy where he is and we are looking forward to seeing him today because all the coaches are returning to do their planning and the rest of the squad arrives on Friday.

John Comitis

McCarthy replaced fellow Bafana legend Eric Tinkler at Cape Town City ahead of the 2017/18 season.

After leading the team to an MTN 8 final in his first season – losing to Tinkler’s Supersport United – he did one better in the following edition of the tournament, grabbing his first piece of silverware as coach.

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