Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Junior Khanye has explained why he believes Benni McCarthy is not yet ready to coach Bafana Bafana, before naming his favourite for the job.
The former Kaizer Chiefs star discussed three potential replacements for Molefi Ntseki, who was released of his duties last week following South Africa’s failure to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
With SAFA under pressure to announce a new coach ahead of the upcoming qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where Bafana have been drawn alongside Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia – three teams who all qualified for AFCON 2021, Khanye discussed his favourites in his weekly column in iDiskiTimes.
While many in the public are calling for McCarthy to be given a chance following his impressive start at AmaZulu, Khanye believes there are two obstacles before the PSL Coach of the Month January/February is ready for Bafana.
“Benni is the best striker that South Africa has ever had and he has won the biggest trophy as a player (UEFA Champions League). I know that a lot of fans love him and he is great personality,” Khanye writes in this week’s edition of iDiskiTimes.
“My problem with Benni as a coach is that he does not have a football philosophy yet; a way of playing which complements the players we have in the country.
“In addition, Benni still needs to improve his emotional reactions on the bench. There is nothing wrong with emotions, but South African players are not mentally strong enough to deal with emotive coaches.
“I don’t think Benni is ready to coach Bafana Bafana.”
Meanwhile, Khanye also explained why now is not the right time for Erik Tinkler to take charge of the national team before discussing why there is no better candidate than Pitso Mosimane.
You can read Khanye’s full column, as well as several other features on Bafana’s coach search, the massive amount of bonuses which were paid to Bafana players despite failing to qualify for AFCON and an exclusive interview with Mamelodi Sundowns’ captain Hlompho Kekana in this week’s edition of iDiskiTimes – available in English and Zulu.