Benni McCarthy, the Bafana Bafana legend, has been appointed as the new head coach of Cape Town City FC. His unveiling was set to be after 48 hours, but has officially been announced! And it is an auspicious occasion for every South African indeed. Many supporters have already began tweeting prior to this, frustrated about the prolonged build up. McCarthy took to Twitter to express his ectasty at his new position:
Currently completing his UEFA Pro Licence, he has already worked as an assistant, as Chris O’Loughlin’s number two at Sint-Truidense in Belgium, SoccerLaduma mentions. But this does not compare to his greatest feat. As a former player for FC Porto, he was part of the team to win the 2003/2004 UEFA Champions League, under the tenure of current Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho. He is therefore the only South African to date to win a Champions League medal sport 24 states.
After Eric Tinker left Cape Town City to join SuperSport United last week, talks between McCarthy and City went well over the weekend. According to SoccerLaduma, “they matched [Tinkler’s] buyout clause and his former club released a statement saying that they would be moving swiftly and appointing his successor within seven days.”
City has had a very fruitful season, and under the tenure of McCarthy, they can only rise to a higher degree.
Cape Town City owner, John Comitis, mentioned that they had been exceeding lengths to find a suitable replacement for Tinkler, believing that McCarthy is the right person to continue the job, sport24 reports.
Sport24 cites Comitis: "The new coach will be of the same mind (as Tinkler) in terms of the type of players we have purchased and the way Cape Town City wants to play.”
"The coach we select will pick up the momentum we have created. With the homework I have done‚ I believe I have possibly found a gem."