'It's Time for Benni McCarthy to Step Up': Lebohang Mokoena Advises Kaizer Chiefs on Next Coach

'It's Time for Benni McCarthy to Step Up': Lebohang Mokoena Advises Kaizer Chiefs on Next Coach

Lukman Mumuni
updated at June 11, 2024 at 9:29 AM
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  • Ex-Sundowns winger, Lebohang Mokoena, has urged Kaizer Chiefs to appoint Manchester United's striker trainer, Benni McCarthy,
  • The hunt for a new coach at Naturena has intensified as Amakhosi eye immediate success after a tough spell in the DStv Premiership
  • McCarthy, who won the UEFA Champions League with FC Porto, is set to leave Man United at the end of his contract in the summer

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Former South Africa winger Lebohang Mokoena is backing legendary forward Benni McCarthy to excel in the vacant Kaizer Chiefs coaching job.

Amakhosi are still looking for a new coach, with Tunisian tactician Nasreddine Nabi emerging as the frontrunner.

Mokoena, affectionately known as Cheeseboy, wants Chiefs to give the job to McCarthy, who is set to end his time as Manchester United's striker coach.

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Lebohang Mokoena believes outgoing Manchester United striker trainer, Benni McCarthy, is the man for the Kaizer Chiefs coaching job. Photo: Ash Donelon/Manchester United.
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According to the former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns attacker, McCarthy's experience could bring success back to Naturena.

"I think it’s the right time and right team for Benni [McCarthy] to step up in his coaching career. He proved it at Cape Town City and at AmaZulu where he finished second in the league and took the team to the group stages of the Caf Champions League,” Mokoena told Soccer Laduma.

Mokoena believes the Bafana Bafana legend has earned the chance and feels Chiefs should entrust the role to him.

"It’s time to step up at a big team like Kaizer Chiefs. He plays direct football and has good team management, which is needed at a club like Chiefs. For me, seriously speaking, he could have been the right coach for Chiefs right now," he added.

The ex-Sundowns star also believes the respect young players have for McCarthy will be important.

"They adore him for what he has achieved which is a bonus for the club. He also can control the dressing room because of that respect that players have for him."

Before joining Manchester United, McCarthy worked with Cape Town City FC, where he won the MTN 8 title, per Transfermarkt.

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that ex-Mamelodi Sundowns manager, Pitso Mosimane discussed links to Kaizer Chiefs and discussed his next coaching job.

Abha Club released the South African tactician last month after they failed to remain in the Saudi top flight league, losing on the final day of the season.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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