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Benni – I Don’t Want To Be Like Broos With Bafana

Former South African international Benni McCarthy has reiterated his dream to take charge of the national team job in future but insisted he wouldn’t want to be as old as Hugo Broos.

Broos at age 71 helped South Africa finish third at the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast, a first podium finish for Bafana since 2000.

Meanwhile, the Manchester United first team coach has never been shy about his ambitions of coaching Bafana and was even negotiating with SAFA before they opted for Broos.

McCarthy now told iDiski Times Editor Rob Delport, in edition 142 of the newspaper that he wants to take over Bafana when he is younger than Broos, wanting to take the national team to the FIFA World Cup.

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“Listen. I don’t want to be Hugo Broos’ age when I take the Bafana job!” McCarthy told iDiski Times.

“I want to be able to still have the energy that I have. I want to be present for my players. And you know how vocal and how animated I am?

“And I still want to have all those traits, the trademark me on the touchline, and intimidating the opposition bench and coaches because of how vocal and animated I am on the touchline.

“So when my players see that, they must see a reflection of themselves in their coach on the touchline. So yeah, so I hope that opportunity comes one day.

“Of course, that’s what I think, any player who turns to coaching or being a manager, his dream is to coach his national team.

“And for me, it’s even more so, the fire is burning even more so. Because of the fact that South Africa has never qualified for the World Cup since 2010, or technically 2002! And that ghost is haunting me.

“So the more we’re not involved in world football at the big stage, the more that is saying to me, ‘I think maybe it’s time to push the button on taking the national team’. Because I know I have what it takes.

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“I can help our national team qualify for the World Cup. And not just qualify for the World Cup, but going far! Going through the group stages and doing what Morocco and Ghana have done at previous World Cups.”

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Rob Delport
Rob Delport
Rob Delport is a walking football encyclopedia, having been a mainstay in the Cape Town football scene for years. Rob has previously worked for SABC and various websites and publications across Africa, as well as being the South African Head Researcher for Football Manager and doing a similar role occasionally for EA Sports FIFA. Highly respected, Rob is now a senior iDiski Times website and newspaper writer, and is also responsible for the newspaper's editorial.