With Benni McCarthy revealing last year that he wanted to link up with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur, the Amazulu coach has now explained why it has not happened yet.
The 43-year-old has had a great start to his second stint in the Premier Soccer League after joining Amazulu in December 2020.
He was named Coach of the Month January/February following a run that saw Usuthu climb into into sixth place of the DStv Premiership log after going nine games unbeaten.
Benni’s exploits did not go unnoticed, as he’s received praise from his former manager Jose Mourinho.
Soccer Laduma spoke to McCarthy exclusively about the "special message" from his former coach and the Bafana Bafana legend also revealed why he could not link up with Mourinho to shadow him at Spurs, as he had planned in the beginning of 2020.
See a dream team of Benni's most capped teammates, which includes just one SA star, below:
"I think that dream died because of COVID. Everything was closed and you couldn’t enter certain workspaces. You know, only people from around were allowed to enter," he said.
"So unfortunately I couldn’t go and visit Tottenham Hotspur and achieve what I wanted to achieve, and that was to shadow him at his job.
"Unfortunately that didn’t happen and now I’m in a job, but I hope that one day I can still achieve that dream because in our life, you often only get these opportunities one time.
"To have the chance to shadow one of the best coaches in the world, that is an experience you will never get anywhere else."
You can read the full exclusive interview, during which Benni also talks about how close he came to joining Porto's coaching staff, explains why he returned to South Africa, discusses Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and reveals who his favourites are to win this season's UEFA Champions League, in this week’s Soccer Laduma, edition 1215!