Benni McCarthy Credit: Kick Off

South Africa legend Benni McCarthy would want to take over the Bafana Bafana top job.

The post fell vacant after coach Molefi Ntseki was fired in the aftermath of a 2-0 defeat to Sudan that denied them chance to qualify for Total Afcon 2021 finals.

“As a former player and a manager now you would want to be in charge of the best teams in the country where you are managing,” the former centre forward told BBC Sport.

“If that comes with the responsibility of taking your national team that’s been struggling – it is something that I wouldn’t rule out.

“As much as I love the day-to-day antics about managing players working on a daily basis and improving them my national team is struggling so if there is a chance for me to take the reins and take the South African job I would think about it.

“I would really think hard about it because nothing would make me prouder than to manage my country and qualify us to a World Cup tournament.”

The 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers get underway in June with South Africa in Group G with Ethiopia, Ghana and Zimbabwe and although there is short period for preps, McCarthy would consider the opportunity.

“That would be one of the highlights of your managing career even though it is such a short space of time but it is something that I am thinking about and would consider if the opportunity comes.”

The former Blackburn Rovers man also harbours dreams of coaching in the English Premier League.

“My main priority is that I want to get back to England – I want to manage in the Premier League one day or I want to manage a Championship club,” he added.

“After playing there I have had that taste of what the best league in the world is about and what is required of you so that is mouth-watering and that is my biggest desire.”

McCarthy, the Bafana Bafana record goal scorer with 31 goals in 79 appearances with has previously coached Cape Town City in the PSL.  

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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