Benni McCarthy retired from professional football earlier this month, ending what has been a stellar career. Arguably the most successful South African footballer of the modern era, the striker called it a day at the age of 35.
McCarthy has aspirations of becoming a coach and has stated that he would be keen on taking charge of the Bafana Bafana bench at some stage. His business manager, Rob Moore, believes that the former UEFA Champions league winner would be a great coach.
“Managing Benni was an incredible experience - a client and a true friend from the beginning to this point," he said.
“Off the field, one of his greatest attributes was his loyalty to our company. We managed his entire career, when many other players just hop from agent to agent. Added to this, was his ever-willing nature to carry out his sponsor obligations and to ensure that he remained as professional as possible.
“On the field, for much of his career, he possessed something incredibly rare - an ability to ‘do the business’ when it mattered most. Countless times I would watch him play and think to myself, ‘Today he needs to do it.’ And he would. There were also times in his career when I must admit, I thought, ‘that’s it’, only for him to bounce back and reinvent himself again like only Benni McCarthy could.
“My introduction to Benni came when my first coach at Seven Stars Meshack Mjangqeka brought him down one night to trials at Nyanga Stadium. I remember this barely 17-year-old dribbling five players (adults) and then lobbing the goalkeeper and I thought, ‘here’s something interesting.’ I look back on 18 years as an exceptionally proud manager of a gifted South African.
“I walked along a road with a boy who, on the journey, overcame everything to grow into a man that conquered the world. Some say I changed his life - I say he changed mine. He will make a very good coach, of that I have no doubt. And I look forward to continuing many, many years together with the most successful footballer South Africa has ever produced.”