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    Benni McCarthy opens up on Bafana Bafana job: It would be an honour

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    South Africa’s all-time leading goal scorer Benni McCarthy says he would consider being the next Bafana Bafana coach.

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    The post is currently vacant following the dismissal of Molefi Ntseki after South Africa failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be held in Cameroon.

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    All Bafana Bafana needed to do in their final AFCON qualifier was to draw with minnows Sudan, but instead lost 2-0 in Khartoum to miss out.

    Benni McCarthy, 43, is currently in charge of DStv Premiership side AmaZulu in what is only his second coaching job in South Africa after Cape Town City.

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    “As a former player and a manager now you would want to be in charge of the best teams in the country where you are managing,” the former Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto and Blackburn striker told BBC Sport.

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    “If that comes with the responsibility of taking your national team that’s been struggling – it is something that I wouldn’t rule out.

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    “As much as I love the day-to-day antics about managing players working on a daily basis and improving them my national team is struggling so if there is a chance for me to take the reins and take the South African job I would think about it.

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    “I would really think hard about it because nothing would make me prouder than to manage my country and qualify us to a World Cup tournament.

    “That would be one of the highlights of your managing career even though it is such a short space of time but it is something that I am thinking about and would consider if the opportunity comes.”

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    Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker called for either Benni McCarthy or Pitso Mosimane to be named as the next Bafana Bafana mentor.

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    However, Mosimane reportedly is not interested in the role, likewise with Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt.

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    Eric Tinkler did however put up his hand for the job.

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    Bafana Bafana are in a rush to appoint a new coach with their next assignment, qualifiers for the 2022 Soccer World Cup, kicking off in early June.

    The South African website understands that another former Bafana Bafana coach, Carlos Queiroz, is SAFA’s first-choice for the job.

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