McCarthy's passion still in coaching

Fame & Fortune

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Fabian McCarthy is a television analyst now but harbours major ambitions of becoming a full-time professional coach.

The 42-year-old former Mamelodi Sundowns central defender, who retired from football in 2011, says there is so much in common in his television job and his other passion of coaching.

McCarthy says being a TV pundit is more than telling viewers what they are already seeing as it requires a lot of planning building up to every game.

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"Look, the thing for me is I was a player once so now as an analyst I understand what they are doing, certain players," McCarthy tells

"I must say I'm enjoying being an analyst, but the passion is to be sitting there on the bench and being a coach. It wasn't really my dream to be an analyst but the dream was to play professional football and obviously play on TV you know.

"I'm grateful and thankful and I appreciate the fact that people gave me the opportunity to be an analyst on TV, you know my previous employers [SABC Sport] and now my current employers.

"I'm really enjoying it you know, I'm still part of the game. Football is part of my life and it changed my life, it changed my family's life and it's still going to change my children's life."

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McCarthy offers advice to those who are interested in the career.

"You have to be honest, you have to be open, you have to be transparent," he says.

"You have to tell somebody that's watching the game in the sitting room or in the tavern somewhere... explain it to him in simple terms, make him understand why there were three options instead of the one option the player took at that point in time.

"Look, for me if you understand the game, if you can read the game, which means you can analyse what you see, how are you going to explain it to the viewers or implement your knowledge of the game?

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"But most of the time players that played the game in certain positions understand and analyse the game the way they see it, and with their experience it will help.

"But I'm not saying those that never played the game can't be good analysts you know because most of our anchors, they never played the game but they have so much knowledge and understanding of the game.

"So they can can ask you any question and you must be ready as an analyst to give them an answer relevant to the question."

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Does being an analyst pay the same way as being an active footballer in terms of salary?

"No no no no, not at all. But I didn't come there for the money, I've never been into the game for the money. It's all about the passion, the love, and obviously happiness before anything else you know.

"I'm working on the GladAfrica Championship show at SuperSport. I'm an analyst which obviously is giving me also that idea to say how do I analyse not only the players, the game in total?

"Can I think like a coach? Can I anticipate what the coach is thinking? How is he looking at the game? I'm learning from the coaches I work with.

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"I'm just paying my school fees in terms of coaching. I have CAF B Licence, and I'm hoping to finish my A Licence and also go maybe do one or two UEFA licences, God willing, next year in Ireland.

"So the passion is there, I want to coach. I'm looking forward to fulfilling the passion, and one day to be sitting on the bench coaching a professional team."