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Benni Reveals How Close He Came To Coaching At Porto

Benni McCarthy recently revealed how close he came to receiving a coaching role at one of the few clubs that have won the UEFA Champions League.

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The AmaZulu gaffer, who was named DStv Premiership Coach of the Month for January/February, is continuing brilliant start to his second stint in the Premier Soccer League.

McCarthy and Usuthu are now unbeaten in 10 PSL games, and have climbed to fifth spot on the log.

In a recent interview with Soccer Laduma, the tactician spilled the beans on a potential move to the coaching set-up at Porto, with whom he won the Champions League in 1994.

"My former teammate Vitor Baia was in contention to become one of the dir­ectors or the director of sport and adviser to the current president and if the elections were going well, there was a possibility for recruitment," McCarthy explained.

"That could have been an opportunity for me to maybe become one of the youth coaches, and that was a way to return to Europe and you could work your way up.

"Because of the relationship I had with the club when I was a player, I could always have fast-tracked my way up into the first team. So that would have been an incredible opportunity for me to take, but as soon as the elections were over, and Vitor Baia got the job and got busy, that is also when this opportunity to coach AmaZulu came along.

"I thought, 'You know what? Come back to South Africa and prove myself, to prove that I can coach and I can be a damn good coach when I have the opportunity.'"

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