Benni McCarthy: Man Utd Coach Proud of Bafana Bafana Stars at AFCON 2023 Playing in the PSL

Benni McCarthy: Man Utd Coach Proud of Bafana Bafana Stars at AFCON 2023 Playing in the PSL

Raphael Abiola
February 24, 2024 at 2:41 PM
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  • Benni McCarthy has shared his thoughts about the South African squad at the AFCON 2023
  • The former FC Porto striker discloses how he receives a lot of questions about the team
  • Bafana Bafana finished third place behind the host nation and the Super Eagles of Nigeria

South African manager Benni McCarthy has opened up on being proud of Bafana Bafana players who represented the country at the just concluded 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bafana Bafana finished third behind Nigeria and the eventual winner, Ivory Coast, with the team being impressive throughout the tournament.

Hugo Broos' side performance is ranked amongst the best solely for fielding majorly local players from the South African league.

Benni McCarthy speaks on Bafana Bafana squad that represented South Africa at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Visionhaus.
Benni McCarthy speaks on Bafana Bafana squad that represented South Africa at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Visionhaus.
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In an interview with iDiskiTimes, McCarthy confirmed many people had asked him about Bafana Bafana players after their impressive outing at the African championship.

"Yes, it was nice. And it put a big smile on my face," he said.
"Because yeah, people are asking about our players and our league! Because, like, 'Where do these guys play? Because wow, I saw they have skills. And they're excellent and quick and this and that'."

The former FC Porto striker is also happy to be able to say the players all played in the South African league instead of Europe.

"And I said, 'Yeh, they all played in the South African league'. So it's nice that you can say that, not just 'Ah, he plays in Europe, he plays in Europe', where people think that's normal," he added.
"But they all play in South Africa, and we've done what we've done, so yeah, so happy to speak about the rising of our players' profiles and our national team with people over here. So that's been good."

McCarthy lauds Pitso Mosimane

Sports Brief earlier reported that McCarthy hailed Pitso Mosimane for his contribution to the increasing success of former players from his generation transitioning into coaching roles worldwide.

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.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.