‘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.” |