South African export Nakedi Chipu reveals how the impact Benni McCarthy made abroad is still benefiting local youngsters in Portugal.
McCarthy enjoyed a brilliant spell at Portugese giants FC Porto where he won the UEFA Champions League and Primeira Liga under Jose Mourinho in 2004.
The Bafana Bafana all-time leading scorer's great reputation in the country now continues to help young and upcoming South Africans earn a foot in the door at Portugauese clubs.
Chipu, a 21-year-old midfielder from Bochum in Limpopo, signed a two-year professional contract in July 2019 with SC Espinho, who play in the Portuguese third division.
"Here they always say Benni McCarthy was a good player and is still one on their best in Porto," Chipu tells KickOff.com.
"He won them the Champions League, they like him a lot and he made things easier for us coming from South Africa to be trusted.
"The Portuguese believe in us because of Benni McCarthy."
Chipu, who has been compared in style to Kevin De Bruyne, says he would like to be the second South African player to represent FC Porto after McCarthy.
"I would like to see myself playing for Porto and winning the league with them before moving maybe to the EPL," concludes the ambitious youngster.
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