SAFA boss keen to chat with Benni


SAFA president Danny Jordaan has hinted that he will be engaging former Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy before looking to rope him into the national setup.

McCarthy was sacked as City coach at odd hours of the morning on Monday, with the club stating their reason being a run of two victories in his last 18 matches in charge.

Plenty speculation has since surfaced surrounding his next move, amongst them a return to Orlando Pirates or possibly joining Molefi Ntseki as assistant coach with Bafana Bafana.

After announcing the departure of acting CEO Russel Paul on Tuesday, Jordaan was asked whether there was any possibility of the 41-year-old former striker being roped in by the association in some or other capacity.

“No, I don’t even know. Let me hear about the matter [because] I don’t know about it. I read in the paper that he doesn’t know about it – it was a banner,” insisted Jordaan, despite McCarthy himself having confirmed his exit on his social media accounts on Monday.

“Let me read first and understand what’s going on. As I say, I don’t know what’s in his mind; I don’t know what happened [that led to his departure], so I cannot talk about it.

“That’s why I say, I want to find out and I cannot comment [on his future]. Obviously, he’s done well over the last three years, and I think all of you have said so.

“He’s young as a coach and it’s clearly not the end of his career. He’s still in the beginning of his career and these things happen unfortunately.

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“You’ve seen that we’ve hardly reached 10 matches in the league and so many coaches are gone. So, I don’t know the reason for it."

Jordaan is a firm believer in utilising the expertise and experience of former Bafana players, with the likes of Neil Tovey, Aaron Mokoena, Andre Arendse, Quinton Fortune and Helman Mkhalele all having been roped in in various capacities, and therefore McCarthy could well be a target too.

“I don’t know what his next steps or move is, we’ll have to wait and see. He’s a South African; he’s a coach in this country and that’s why I say it’s not the end of his career," he added.

“He’s still in the beginning of his career but I don’t have the details, so let me not speak on something that I don’t have the facts around.

“There are too many ifs. Let us sort out the ifs and then I can give you an answer. I can’t go on the route to speculate - if it rains; if the sun shines… So, let us sort out the ifs and when we have something to say, we’ll tell you. But for now, we don’t have [anything to say].”