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BENNI MCCARTHY

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‘I’M READY FOR ANY­THING’

CAPE Town City coach Benni McCarthy, above, is not think­ing about coach­ing Bafana Bafana – not yet, any­way.

At this point in time, he is in the learn­ing phase of his growth as a coach.

But he is not rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­ity of step­ping up if the op­por­tu­nity arises some­time in the fu­ture.

The South African na­tional foot­ball team are again limp­ing in their bid to qual­ify for a ma­jor tour­na­ment.

Next up for Bafana is a 2019 Africa

Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier against Nige­ria at the FNB Sta­dium in Jo­han­nes­burg next Sat­ur­day.

With the top two sides se­cur­ing a place at the event in Cameroon next year, the qual­i­fy­ing group is still tight. Nige­ria have nine points, Bafana eight, Libya four and Sey­chelles one point.

It’s no se­cret that if Bafana fail to qual­ify, then coach Stu­art Bax­ter is likely to be given the boot.

Asked about how he felt about the pos­si­bil­ity of coach­ing Bafana, McCarthy was firm in his stance that it wasn’t in his think­ing right now.

“I’m not wor­ry­ing about that now,” said McCarthy about the Bafana coach­ing po­si­tion.

“I’m fo­cus­ing on City and do­ing well for my club. The team is in my hands and I want to do the best I can. I want to work on me, as a coach, my play­ers and the coach­ing staff; we want to get it right, so we can get this City team to where they should be.

“Any­thing that hap­pens af­ter, hap­pens. So my mind-set is not on Bafana, not even close.

“But if you get the call, if the op­por­tu­nity arises, there aren’t many coaches in the world who would turn down an op­por­tu­nity to man­age his na­tional team.

“As much as I’m just start­ing out as a coach, the ques­tion is: When are you ready to take on such a re­spon­si­bil­ity – when you are 60 or 50 or when you are 40?

“I feel I’m ready for any­thing,” added McCarthy, who will be 41 on Mon­day.

“I’m scared of noth­ing, so I don’t think the job – if the op­por­tu­nity comes – will be too big for me.” |

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