Benni McCarthy’s comments have thrown a spanner in SAFA’s direction!
SAFA are targeting the AmaZulu head coach for the vacant Bafana Bafana coaching role following Molefi Ntseki’s exit.
As reported by the Siya crew, he has become the federation’s first choice after the unavailability of Pitso Mosimane and Carlos Queiroz.
As reported, the Siya crew has it on good authority that McCarthy is indeed the odds-on favourite, as it stands.
While it has been reported that there is a stumbling block, SAFA are targeting the former UEFA Champions League winner.
However, McCarthy’s latest comments make it clear that SAFA have their work cut out for them, if they plan to sway the former Cape Town City mentor.
Despite the hurdle in the buy-out clause, based on McCarthy’s comments, the coach is happy where he is.
"In life you can't avoid success, success brings trouble, when you do well, you get linked to everywhere," McCarthy told the media.
"In my life as a footballer and coach, I've suffered many disappointments, because I followed my heart, not my guts and time went by. I learned to understand how my body works.
"So I've learned how to understand my body better, now as a coach I don't want to make same mistake. As much as Bafana sounds big. My heart is here, I love what I do. I come here with a big smile and when I see my players, they give me the same joy as my wife and kids," he added.
"While I have that, I'm not hungry. My belly is not bigger than my eyes. I'm happy where I am. I love what I do, so whatever rumours will always be rumours when you have success.
"I'm very happy here at AmaZulu. I'm very much with them, my players know and nothing changes. We live Bafana and focus on our work at hand."
It remains to be seen if the FA will be able to convince McCarthy to take the job and if Usuthu are willing to release their coach.
The federation has a tough task on their hands but, in football, things are unpredictable.