Pienaar backs Benni for Bafana


Bafana Bafana and Everton legend Steven Pienaar is of the opinion that his former teammate Benni McCarthy is the best man to lead and take over as the national team head coach.

McCarthy has been linked to the Bafana vacant post after Molefi Ntseki was relieved of his duties following South Africa’s failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Sudan in their final qualifier.

The former lethal striker has transformed ‘Usuthu’ from a team fighting relegation last season into a side fighting at the top of the DStv Premiership standings since being appointed as the club’s coach last December.

The AmaZulu coach would easily command the respect of the players and has the stature to coach Bafana, that’s according to Pienaar, who believes McCarthy – the national side’s all-time top scorer with 31 goals is a suitable choice for the hotseat.

“So I think with his stature‚ if you get him into the national team set-up it will only benefit the country,” said Pienaar as quoted by TimesLIVE.

“He’s a people’s manager. He’s been in that situation before [as a player]‚ played for the national team and at the highest level. So he knows how to communicate to the players.

“And that’s important. The players will also have respect for the manager‚ because obviously he’s been there and done it‚ and he’s seen it all,” added the former Bafana captain.

Pienaar added: “I think the whole thing with the national team‚ the structure within the set-up for the coaches hasn’t been that great for the last few years – we have to be honest about that.

“If you look at the previous coach [Ntseki]‚ I don’t think he had much support inside the structure for him to just go about his business‚ and how he wanted the national team to play.

“But I think Benni‚ on the other hand‚ has got a clear structure. He showed at Cape Town City the kind of football he wants to play.”

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By FARPost Reporter 

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