City and SuperSport United are both in CAF Confederation Cup action this weekend, while Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits are still battling it out in the CAF Champions League qualifiers.
McCarthy, whose side hold a 1-0 first leg victory over Mozambiquean side Costa Do Sol and were the only South African club to win their first leg tie earlier this month, says local clubs’ continued participation in CAF tournaments is helping put South Africa on the map, which can only be beneficial for the national team.
“As South Africans, we always pride ourselves on how important and how strong our league is, but we often don’t get to show it,” he said.
“Now we have quite a few teams in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup, so it’s really good. Sundowns won the Champions League while SuperSport went to the final of the Confederation Cup, so I think other countries are starting to respect South African again for what we do at club level, and hopefully that can be a springboard for Bafana.
“Now they [Bafana selectors] have a bigger variety to choose from, as there are so many teams that are going into Africa and getting that experience, and not just making up the numbers but actually competing and showing that South Africa is a force to be reckoned with.”
SuperSport face-off against Angolan counterparts Perto de Luanda on Fridayevening, having earned a 0-0 draw away from home, while Bidvest Wits, who are a goal down following a 1-0 loss to Primero de Agosto, will look to wipe out their opponent’s one-goal advantage at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday evening, Sundowns take on Rwanda’s Rayon Sports at Loftus Versveld, with the tie evenly poised following a goalless draw in the first leg.