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Benni McCarthy scores highest qualification

Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Baroka and Cape Town City at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 27 February 2018.
Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Baroka and Cape Town City at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 27 February 2018.
Image: ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Cape Town City Benni McCarthy has achieved the highest coaching qualification‚ his Uefa Pro Licence.

McCarthy retired from playing professionally in 2013 having last played for Orlando Pirates.

Twenty-three years after making his professional playing debut at Seven Stars‚ Benni returned back to the province of his birth to take over Cape Town City’s hot seat from his former Bafana Bafana team-mate Eric Tinkler at the beginning of the 2016-17 season.

The former FC Porto and Blackburn Rovers striker had begun his coaching career as an assistant at Belgian club St Truiden.

He completed his Pro Licence course in Scotland.

"Cape Town City Football Club is delighted to confirm head coach Benni McCarthy has earned his UEFA Pro Coaching License‚ the highest world-recognised qualification in football‚" the club tweeted on Friday.

The 40-year-old is now a proud holder of the treasured coaching licence and only the third South African coach to obtain such a qualification after Zeca Marques and Jean-Michel d'Avray.

City tweeted: "He becomes the only South African coach in the PSL to achieve this elite level of coaching qualification."

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