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Benni McCarthy, the former coach of AmaZulu FC, has joined Manchester United. Photo: BackpagePix

LATEST: Benni McCarthy set for ‘new challenge’

Former AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy is on the hunt for a ‘new challenge’, with a key update expected in the near future.

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Benni McCarthy, the former coach of AmaZulu FC, has joined Manchester United. Photo: BackpagePix

Towards the end of March, Benni McCarthy was dramatically let go by AmaZulu despite there still being several games left in the season. Yet, after a 2021-22 season of apparent underperformance, McCarthy was shown the door.

Although he has been linked with several clubs, McCarthy has not yet secured a new job, although he is believed to be considering his next best steps.


The popular coach had recently been linked to a possible role at Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates, but nothing ultimately materialised.

His agent Rob Moore has now provided a key update to Soccer Laduma.

“You know, we (are) busy looking at what is Benni’s next move, what would be appropriate.

“We are obviously on the lookout now, we hope there will be some news in the foreseeable next few weeks for a new challenge for Benni,” he added.

In an interview with SABC Sport, McCarthy recently suggested his heart would always be with South Africa, but revealed that a job in Europe remained the ultimate long-term goal.

“Of course South Africa is my home, it is my country, it will always have a priority for me… My ambition is to eventually coach in Europe. I want to coach in the (English) Premier League. I want to coach in the Championship, I want to coach in La Liga, I want to coach in Spain, in Portugal. So, that’s my ambition. I aim high, if you don’t aim you are never going to be able to know the limits that you can go. If you even capable of going there or if you just settle for mediocre.”


Benni McCarthy could be keeping his options open

A few weeks ago it was already confirmed that McCarthy had headed to England on somewhat of an exploratory trip where he would visit top clubs.

McCarthy holds a UEFA Pro License, and according to SABC Sport, the visits were part of expanding his knowledge.

“What they get to work with and what the difference is between why they are where they are and why we in South Africa we still falling short.

“But as branded that we are a demanding country and we wanna improve, we wanna be there, but look you have to look at facts Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates, now Baroka FC that has proper proper, the old cape town Ajax they have training facility where players come in the morning where it’s like a top professional set up.

“Players come in the morning and they have breakfast and you have everything to your disposal and players go out and go on have their own training facility, their own training pitches where they can train and work on the craft and become better and then afterwards the club is looking after you…. all that plays a huge part in players development and country.”