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Benni targets top job in England, Spain

Benni McCarthy says he is biding his time and learning the coaching ropes in South Africa in preparation for an opportunity in a top European league.

The former Bafana Bafana striker is currently in charge of AmaZulu, where he took over midway through last season and led them to a club record second-placed finish. He had started his coaching career at Cape Town City, leading them to the 2018 MTN8 title.

McCarthy’s former international teammate, Sibusiso Zuma, this week called on Orlando Pirates to make a move for the 43-year-old to fill the vacant post following the departure of Josef Zinnbauer.

But McCarthy, while flattered by Zuma’s comments, insists his targets are set much higher.

“I appreciate all the good words and attributes from ‘Rhee’ but, you know, I’m continuing my work and at the end of the day, we work ultimately to get the best price, and that is to become a top-flight, top-class manager, one day managing in the Premier League, managing and in Spanish LaLiga and in Bundesliga, because that’s why we in the game,” he told the South African Football Journalists Association.

“As a player, you want to play in the best countries, in the toughest countries, amongst the best players. And as a coach, you want to manage against the best coaches. So yeah, that’s the ultimate goal. So we’re working super hard to get there.”


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