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SAFA’s Stumbling Block In Tying Down Benni

Benni McCarthy is shoo-in for the Bafana Bafana head coach job, the Siya crew has been reliably informed.

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With SAFA narrowing down a list of candidates from “over 200” all the way down to five, it’s understood McCarthy is now the only man standing.

However, the association has one more hurdle in securing their man, a candidate who became their best viable option, following news that Carlos Queiroz was not immediately available to take the Bafana job when Molefi Ntseki was sacked a month ago.

The Siya crew had previously reported that McCarthy, who’d made the initial shortlist, had a buy-out clause in the region of R2-million if he were to be released from his AmaZulu contract having only been appointed in December.

McCarthy has done a stellar job at Usuthu so far and they are now within a point of log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in the race for the DStv Premiership title and there are only five games to go, though Downs have two matches in hand.

Indications are that SAFA could very well approach AmaZulu in the coming days to negotiate his release – but that is all up to the club chairman, Sandile Zungu.

He was quoted this week saying McCarthy was not available, but SAFA have been in this situation before with one of their previous coaches.

In 2017, with Stuart Baxter as their candidate for the Bafana job, but still employed by SuperSport United, the federation struck a deal to have him coach both the national team and the PSL top-flight outfit until the end of the season.

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Baxter prepared for a Nedbank Cup final while also assembling a team for Bafana’s crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Nigeria – he won both.

Will this be a repeat, should Zungu agree to allow McCarthy to wear two hats at the same time until the end of the season in May?

Bafana play Zimbabwe in their opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers in June.

Story by @superjourno

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