The Orlando Pirates striker was part of Gordon Igesund’s original squad, but was cut before the final 23 players were selected because of injury.
However, McCarthy insists he is full behind Bafana and will be shouting loudest at Soccer City tonight.
“Wishing Bafana Bafana all the very best for Afcon 2013. Hope they go out there and display the kind of play we know they can play and unite this beautiful country again in celebration of their victories.
“The Nation is fully behind them and we looking forward to seeing them playing in the Final. GOOD LUCK BOYS!!!”
McCarthy announced his arrival on the international scene when he scored seven goals as Bafana reached the Final at the 1998 Nations Cup, where they lost to Egypt.