Following his departure from Cape Town City, coach Benni McCarthy’s message to his assistant Vasili Manousakis was heartwarming to say the least.
“Mr B, it has been an absolute delight and pleasure to have to alongside me, if I could do it all over again, I’ll choose you in a heartbeat over anyone. Thank you a million times over my man, our friendship and families I’ll take away for life from this experience,” responded McCarthy to Manousakis’s appreciation post to the former Bafana Bafana striker on Instagram.
Manousakis’s post came after McCarthy was sacked earlier this month.
It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Manousakis has high praise for arguably one of Bafana Bafana’s best ever players.
“Personally, I learned so much from him not only on the field but off the field he is an incredible person and he is an incredible human being I can see now why he succeeded as a player because he just works. He is a winner and he doesn’t accept losing and that is why sometimes you see the side of him that you see,” said Manousakis, who won the MTN8 trophy with McCarthy last year.
“We have had so much advice on and off the field, friends, fathers, family you know that’s what he was like with the players so yah I learnt a lot and I think people forget also that at his young age he is a UEFA Pro Licence coach.”
Manousakis, meanwhile, added that he is looking forward to working with newly appointed coach Jan Olde Riekerink.
“Yes, with the little bit that we have seen already and the discussion that we have had with him you know. To coach (Turkish side) Galatasaray, to be the assistant coach at (Portuguese club) Porto when Benni McCarthy was there, Ajax Amsterdam (of Holland) and these are not small clubs you know.
“So he also got this drive and power, tactically very, very smart,” added Manousakis.
Riekerink will be on the bench for the first time when Cape Town City visit Bloemfontein Celtic on November 27.
By Ofhani Munyai