My mind­set not on Bafana job - Benni

Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

- Benni Mc­Carthy in­sists the Bafana Bafana job is not at the fore­front of his mind as he looks to shape Cape Town City into ABSA Premier­ship ti­tle con­tenders. The 40-year-old re­cently earned his UEFA Pro Coach­ing Li­cence to be­come only the third South African to ob­tain the sought-af­ter badge, af­ter Zeca Mar­ques and Mich d’Avray. Mc­Carthy has done an ad­mirable job at City since re­plac­ing com­pa­triot Eric Tin­kler at the helm last year, guid­ing the team to the 2017 MTN8 fi­nal be­fore lift­ing the tro­phy ear­lier this term. Bafana Bafana’s all-time lead­ing goalscorer has been linked with the na­tional-team post in the event that SAFA should sack Stu­art Bax­ter if he fails to qual­ify for the 2019 Cup of Na­tions. But the Capeto­nian re­mains fo­cused on the task at hand with the Cit­i­zens and wants to re­pay the club’s faith in giv­ing him the op­por­tu­nity to coach. “I don’t worry about that (the Bafana job) now,” Mc­Carthy was quoted as say­ing by Times Live web­site. “For me it is just about fo­cus­ing on Cape Town City and do­ing well for the club and the chair­man (John Comi­tis) be­cause he has put his trust in me. “I just want to con­cen­trate on me and my coach­ing staff‚ and us try­ing to get things right to get us to where we should be. Any­thing that hap­pens af­ter that... But my mind­set is not on Bafana I’m afraid. Not even close.” Mc­Carthy’s side will be seek­ing back-to-back wins in the league when they en­ter­tain Black Leop­ards at the Cape Town Sta­dium to­mor­row. Kick-off is at 15:30.

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