Benni in House: McCarthy Returns to PSL Action

Former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates superstar Benni McCarthy has vowed to return to the PSL or the national team – but this time as a coach.

McCarthy revealed his burning ambition to give back to the country that gave him everything to be a successful player abroad.

Last night, McCarthy was due to receive the “Prize of Honour” by La Nuit de Football Africain. The event was supposed to take place in Conakry, Guinea, but has been postponed until further notice.
Benni in the House 

This honourable prize is awarded to African footballers that have brought honour to the continent throughout their illustrious careers.

Previous winners include Didier Drogba, Jay Jay Okocha, Roger Milla, Steven Keshi, Abedi Pele, Kalusha Bwalya, Emmanuel Adebayor, Yaya Toure, Michael Essien and former FIFA Footballer of the Year, George Weah.

McCarthy will be the first South African to receive this award. “It’s a big privilege and an honour for me to be recognised this way.

“You know how the rest of Africa doesn’t recognise us in Mzansi. I’m looking forward to attending the function,” McCarthy spoke to SunSport from Scotland.

He was rumoured to be taking over as Muhsin Ertugral’s
assistant at Pirates but the former Blackburn Rovers star said there was no contact with anyone from the Buccaneers.

He added: “I know about that gossip. Muhsin is a good coach and the right man for the job. Bucs are a big team and have not been doing well in the PSL lately. I hope he’ll restore their pride.”

Born in Hanover Park in the Cape Flats, McCarthy, who ended his illustrious career with the Pirates, said he is busy with his coaching badges and will soon be ready to run the touchline.

“I have a Uefa A Licence and am busy with the Uefa Pro Licence which I’ll finish in 2017. I’m keen on coaching and return to Mzansi to impart my knowledge to the country. That’s one of the reasons I returned and played for Bucs. It was good to inspire young players.”

“Coaching Pirates or the national team would be a difficult task, but you know I’m ambitious. I want to give back to and work with players with the same mentality as me. I want to coach players who know what it means to wear a club’s jersey,” McCarthy added. - Daily Sun 

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