Benni McCarthy has agreed in principle to be the next Bafana Bafana coach‚ iReport South Africa News is informed‚ however there could still be stumbling blocks to a deal being concluded.
One stumbling block is that the SA Football Association (Safa) has to convince AmaZulu to release their coach‚ which may be difficult as Sandile Zungu‚ chairman of the high-flying Durban club‚ has said he will not release McCarthy.
Even if Safa do convince Zungu otherwise‚ a deal would have to include paying out a significant amount to have McCarthy released from his contract at Usuthu.
Safa CEO Tebogo Motlanthe met McCarthy in Cape Town on Wednesday evening after AmaZulu thrashed Cape Town City 5-1 in their DStv Premiership match at Cape Town Stadium‚ sources have revealed.
McCarthy agreed in principle to be appointed the next Bafana coach‚ and agreed on a salary. A requirement on his part‚ though‚ is that he chooses his technical staff and is allowed to bring AmaZulu work-mates Siyabonga Nomvete as his assistant and Moeneeb Josephs as goalkeeper-coach.
Motlanthe would have to clear these requirements with Safa’s national executive committee (NEC).
McCarthy was among five names on a shortlist presented by Safa’s technical committee to the NEC on Saturday. Three of the others‚ sources have revealed‚ were Portuguese Carlos Queiroz‚ Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane and Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt. The fifth name was either Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard or Belgian Hugo Broos.
Safa had posted on Twitter it would announce the coach on Saturday‚ but that announcement was postponed. Sources have revealed Queiroz was approached but declined to accept Safa’s offer.
McCarthy was asked about the national coaching job at a pre-match press conference on Thursday for second-placed AmaZulu’s big league Durban derby against third-placed Lamontville Golden Arrows. Bafana’s all-time top scorer was adamant his loyalties lie with his club.
“When you do well and you become successful you get linked to everything‚” McCarthy said.
“In my life as a footballer and now as a coach I have suffered many disappointments because I have followed my heart and not Benni McCarthy.
“But as time went by I learned to understand my body and how it works‚ where as much as my heart loves something‚ the gut is what you really have to follow.
“I had one of the biggest disappointments in my life when I was still a player when I could have join Chelsea‚ but I sat down with my heart. The whole thing ended up almost costing me my career.