Josephs backing coach Benni

Josephs and McCarthy worked together at Pirates for two seasons, including their second treble-winning season in which they bagged the MTN 8, Telkom Knockout and the Absa Premiership crown.

The latter then hung up his boots in 2013, having won four league titles across the Netherlands, Portugal and South Africa, as well as the UEFA Champions League, amongst numerous other cup titles.

The 39-year-old has since taken up coaching and has been confirmed as the new Cape Town City mentor, with Josephs confident that the former Bafana Bafana striker has all the ingredients to become as successful a coach as he was a player.

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“It’s a totally different scene now as a coach, but he comes with new goals. He’s a baby where coaching is concerned, so he’s got new ambitions and targets to achieve now,” Josephs tells KickOff.com.

“He’s hungry and he’s eager to prove something. As a South African, he’s achieved unrivaled success in his playing career, so now he wants to take up this new role and maintain that desire for success.

“Benni eats, drinks, sleeps football. He’s at a stage where he wants to prove that he can make the transition from being a player to a coach, and many have failed but Benni understands the game at the highest levels.

“He showed his leadership qualities at Pirates, where we even saw what an overweight Benni could do as a player. He had everyone’s respect in the dressing room – the technical team right through to the last player.

“His reputation is at stake, so his winning mentality will filter down into any team and he’ll engrave it into every player so that the team can be successful."

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