Benni McCarthy: Former Striker Lauds Pitso Mosimane As 'Creme de la Creme' of South African Coaches

Benni McCarthy: Former Striker Lauds Pitso Mosimane As 'Creme de la Creme' of South African Coaches

Robert Abong'o
February 23, 2024 at 2:41 PM
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  • Benni McCarthy has applauded the rise of South African coaches worldwide
  • Bradley Carnell and Quinton Fortune are notable managers from the country
  • The Man United first-team coach has praised Piso Mosimane for his excellence

Manchester United's first-team coach, Benni McCarthy, has expressed his excitement over the increasing success of former players from his generation transitioning into coaching roles worldwide.

McCarthy, renowned for his time with Porto FC and Orlando Pirates, shared his pride in the accomplishments of individuals like Bradley Carnell, formerly of Kaizer Chiefs, who is carving out a niche in Major League Soccer (MLS).

After setting records with St. Louis City in their inaugural season, Carnell is now coaching international players, a feat lauded by his South African compatriot.

Manchester United's first-team coach Benni McCarthy and Abha Club boss Pitso Mosimane. Photos: Simon Stacpoole and Angel Martinez.
Benni McCarthy has lauded Pitso Mosimane's rise and impact. Photos: Simon Stacpoole and Angel Martinez.
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McCarthy also highlighted former Man United midfielder, Quinton Fortune's contributions as an assistant coach, mentioning his stint in Mexico.

Reflecting on the broader impact, the Man United striking coach stressed the value of experience gained by South African coaches at various levels, citing Pitso Mosimane as a leading figure in the field.

"All the experience that we’re gaining, it’s invaluable. It’s valuable. So South Africa, we can only benefit from having coaches coaching there. Obviously, Pitso is leading the way, but Pitso is established, and he’s probably the creme de la crème," said McCarthy, as quoted by iDiski Times.

Mosimane recently took over as coach of Saudi Pro League side, Abha Club, citing personal motivations and a desire to fulfil some 'unfinished business' in the Middle Eastern nation.

Mosimane and Abha Club battling relegation

In an interview with National News, Mosimane discussed his reasons for returning to Saudi Arabia. He cited the challenge and a sense of closure from his previous tenure with Al Ahli, where he led the team to promotion.

Under the South African's leadership, Abha faced Al Taawoun in a dramatic league encounter on Thursday, February 15, at the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium.

Despite a defensive stance and a history of conceding goals, the team displayed newfound resilience, momentarily taking the lead with an own goal from Waleed Al-Ahmed.

However, their hopes were dashed as Aschraf El Mahdioui levelled the score, resulting in a 1-1 draw.

Currently in the relegation zone, Abha faces a challenging path ahead, with Mosimane tasked with maintaining the team’s Saudi Pro League status for the next term.

How Kaizer Chiefs could still land Mosimane

Sports Brief also reported how Kaizer Chiefs could still land Mosimane despite his current deal with Abha Club.

The veteran would be available for a new job if his short-term contract is not renewed at the end of the season.

Chiefs have yet to appoint a permanent manager since Molefi Ntseki, with Cavin Johnson as the interim boss.

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