- Former Bafana Bafana coach Jomo Sono feels that Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is ready for the national team hot seat
- Sono feels that Bafana does not need a good coach, but rather someone with good principles
- McCarthy boasts the highest qualification in coaching – the Uefa Pro Licence
Former Bafana Bafana coach Jomo Sono shared a special relationship with Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy ever since the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
Sono was at the helm of the national team and entrusted McCarthy to lead the line.
Although it was a bold decision based on McCarthy’s age and lack of experience, it paid off handsomely as the young striker finished as the tournament’s joint-top scorer.
Sono feels that McCarthy can be entrusted to steer Bafana again, but this time as the national coach.
McCarthy has emerged as one of the favourites to succeed Stuart Baxter, but concerns have been raised over his lack of coaching experience.
TimesLIVE reported that Sono doesn’t feel that Bafana necessarily requires the best tactician.
Sono said, “Everybody is ready, but Bafana Bafana does not need a good coach.
"You need a person who has got good principles‚ who feels it when this country loses.”
However, Sono was quick to add that the new coach would require the right level of support from those around him.
He said, “If he’s got the wrong people he’s going to sink. Like Pitso (Mosimane) and all of them – they all sink.:
Sono pointed out that the difference between club and international coaching is quite stark.
He warned that the national coach needs to be able to deal with players from different cultures and who play in Europe as well.
Some have deemed McCarthy too young for the Bafana role at 41 years of age, but football is seemingly headed in this direction.
Briefly.co.za gathered that both coaches of the Afcon 2019 finalists, Senegal and Algeria, are 43 years of age and previously played for their countries.
McCarthy would therefore follow in their footsteps and he also boasts the highest qualification in coaching – the Uefa Pro Licence.
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