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Benni McCarthy
Gender Male
Ethnic South African
Job South African Footballer
Desc Benni, one of South Africa’s decorated players abroad, moved to Celta Vigo for €6 million in the early 2000s, although he didn’t last in Spain. McCarthy later moved to FC Porto in Portugal for a lesser fee


Org South Africa National Team
Club as Coach Cape Town City [Head Coach]
Club as Player FC Porto
  Celta Vigo

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Cape Town City sack Benni McCarthy as head coach] Cape Town City Football Club has terminated the employment of coach Benni McCarthy, with immediate effect following a run of performance that saw the club win two in the last 18 games. The club thanks Benni for his service over the last three seasons and wishes him well in his next endeavour. He now becomes an integral part of the club’s history and are proud of the successes we shared together. The future represents very exciting times for Cape Town City on and off the field, as we remain dedicated to our big plans and aspirations

2019 11 04b Tweet

[Disappointed Benni McCarthy reflects on his Cape Town City exit] I’m disappointed to end my time at the Club but I would like to nevertheless thank the Club,& particularly the players,the fans and the community of Cape Town for their support and commitment over the last two years.I’m proud of my time at the Club and wish them all the best

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Orlando Pirates-linked Benni McCarthy vows to return to the PSL] I can’t thank these guys enough for memorable years together. Friends who became family. Gone for now but I will be back. See you guys around

2020 02 12 Retrieve

[Benni McCarthy dreams of taking Bafana Bafana to the World Cup] If the Bafana offer came up one day, I would definitely be interested. Which coach or manager wouldn’t be interested in being the head coach of his country? The national job is the biggest job for any football coach - your country’s fate lies in your hands, you have the chance to guide the team to World Cups, to win the Africa Cup of Nations - it’s huge

[McCarthy said while coaching at international level is his dream, he still wants to arm himself with experience and knowledge by coaching at club level] I think one day, in the near future, that would be my aim but for now I am more interested in working with players on a day-to-day basis. I like to work hands-on with the players every single day. I want to see them grow, improve, challenge themselves and become better footballers

2020 02 11 Retrieve

[Benni McCarthy confirms he turned down Ajax Cape Town] If it’s the right club, the right chairman and owner, someone I can work with then sure, I’ll be up for it. But I’m not just going to take a job for the sake of taking it if it’s not the right move for both parties. The Ajax Cape Town job was probably mine if I wanted it. I had a few discussions with the club’s CEO Ari Efstathiou - we had great conversations. The project could have been good but the timing wasn’t right for me

[McCarthy, who had his fifth child last year, said it would make sense at the moment for him to get a coaching job closer to his family, who are based in Scotland] As much as I’m South African at heart being closer to my family is very important to me. Given all the time I spent playing in Europe, I know the football culture and the mentality there. It would make more sense if my next move would be a European club whether it’s in Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, England or Spain, which I doubt because people of my colour don’t get to coach there. But I won’t limit myself to Europe because if the right offer comes from anywhere in the world I would be happy to take it