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Samuel Eto'o is impressed with the work Benni McCarthy is doing at Cape Town City

Posted: 12 January 2018 Time: 14:31

Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o has praised Benni McCarthy for the work he has been doing as coach of Cape Town City.

Eto’o, who is in the country to launch the Castle 5-a-side social league football, has dreams of being a coach and says former players such as McCarthy inspire him.

McCarthy was given the role after Eric Tinkler left the Citizens to join SuperSport United and the former FC Porto marksman reached a major knockout competition final, the MTN8, within the first two months of the season.

City lost the final on penalties to SuperSport, and though they struggled to find their feet after the defeat, they are now one of the favourites to win the title.

City are in second place on the Absa Premiership standings, just four points behind log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

“I played with Steve [Pienaar] at Everton. Also sometimes I speak with Benni and now he is a coach. He is doing very well. This is important for the retired players,” said Eto’o, who believes a coach like McCarthy is unlikely to get an opportunity to coach in Europe because they do not hire coaches from Africa in that part of the world.

“Benni McCarthy did everything in football. Now he's a coach and he is doing well, but nobody is going to give him an opportunity in Europe."

Eto’o then spoke about his love for former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Doctor Khumalo while he was growing up.

“There’s a player I like when I was young, Doctor Khumalo. If he was white, he would have won the Ballon d'Or. Doctor Khumalo is one of the best footballers ever, but he's an African guy.”

Article by: Tshepang Mailwane
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