Carlisle United midfielder Dean Furman says he would like to see Bafana Bafana all-time leading top scorer Benni McCarthy in the hot seat in the future.
McCarthy was one of the coaches tipped to take over from Stuart Baxter, who resigned last year as the Bafana mentor and now former SuperSport United captain Furman has also backed the legendary striker to lead the national team someday.
Furman was recently included in the squad for the November Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers against São Tomé and Príncipe by current Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki.
“It’s so tough, hard to speak when someone is in the job right now. But having grown up on this side of the world, I’d love to see Benni get an opportunity at some stage. He is so charismatic, he’s so patriotic,” said Furman during a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation football webinar.
“Just looking at his career, I would’ve loved to work with him – not necessarily in my national career, but in any capacity.
“I know he’s worked with (Jose) Mourinho, I know he’s played with incredible players, and he won a UEFA Champions League. So, I would just like to draw on those experiences to see how he manages that.
“When he was manager at Cape Town City, it looked like the players loved playing for him – he looked like he was harsh. He looked like he could tell you what’s what when he needed to, but it just looked like the players loved playing for him,” added the 32-year-old hard-tackling midfielder.
The former Bafana captain returned to England and penned a deal with League Two outfit, Carlisle, after spending five years in the colours of Matsatsantsa.
“So, one day in the future, I would love to see Benni get an opportunity to manage (Bafana). I’m sure he is going into club football for the foreseeable future, but one day, I really do see Benni as leading the national team.”
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By FARPost Reporter