While McCarthy started his first head coaching job this past season, fellow Bafana Bafana legend and 40-year-old Nomvethe continued to defy belief by playing upfront for Usuthu.
'Bhele', who struck twice in 2017/18 to extend his PSL scoring record to 121 goals, played alongside McCarthy for Bafana at the Sydney Olympics in Australia in 2000; the 2002 AFCON in Mali and the 2006 AFCON in Egypt.
Nomvethe, a two-time PSL Footballer of the Season, scored 16 international goals and earned 82 caps - two more caps than McCarthy, who retired in 2013 as Bafana's all-time leading scorer with 31 goals.
"Me, I'm going grey, the hair stops growing and I'm on the coaching bench, and this man is still running around," McCarthy said. "I used to direct him where to go when we were playing.
"Ah, he's putting me to shame. Maybe I should have moved and spent time in KZN where I could've just maintained and maybe I'd still be a striker giving problems, maybe less so.
"But listen, Bhele is an inspiration. You know he's an example of how professional athletes should live their life. He's able to play at this age and still compete with young boys. I take my hat off to this guy, top guy.
"I had the privilege of playing for many, many years alongside him as a striking partner; Sydney Olympics. We've been to thunderstorms and back and he is still going. For me he's the player of the century that we see.
"I think, in my opinion, probably the best player South African has had in the PSL, Bhele Nomvethe."