Hands off Benni McCarthy‚ says AmaZulu boss Sandile Zungu as search for Bafana coach intensifies
AmaZulu boss Sandile Zungu has issued a strong statement to the South African Football Association (Safa) and said his mentor Benni McCarthy is not available to coach Bafana Bafana.
McCarthy has been linked to the Bafana coaching job and he muddied the waters when he told foreign media that he would be happy to accept the job that became vacant when Molefi Ntseki was sacked from last month.
“We have no interest in letting Benni leave AmaZulu FC.
"He is doing a fantastic job‚ we are enjoying him and he is equally happy at AmaZulu‚” said Zungu in his short but emphatic response to TimesLIVE on Tuesday.
Safa appear to be nowhere near appointing a new Bafana coach after they were reportedly snubbed by their top two preferred candidates‚ Pitso Mosimane and Carlos Queiroz last week.
The soccer body were supposed to announce the man to take Bafana into the future last weekend but postponed the hugely anticipated press conference in the eleventh hour‚ citing issues with international “Covid-19 travel" as reason.
With no word on Mosimane and Queiroz‚ Safa are believed to have set their sights firmly on McCarthy‚ but Zungu has previously insisted that they will resist attempts to destabilise the team.
Earlier this month the 43-year old and outspoken McCarthy told an English-based online publication that he would consider being the next Bafana coach if approached by Safa.
Whoever is going to be the new Bafana coach will replace Ntseki‚ who was released from his contract last month after the national team’s failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Safa president Danny Jordaan has said that the association will spare no expense in hiring the right coach for the job‚ even though the organisation has had well documented financial problems over the years.
McCarthy‚ who is in his second coaching job in the top-flight of South African football after Cape Town City‚ has established Usuthu as genuine contenders for the league title.
With six rounds of league matches remaining in their season‚ AmaZulu are sitting second on the DStv Premiership standings and they trail log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns‚ who have played two matches less‚ by three points.