Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Clive Barker wants to see Benni McCarthy take over as Bafana boss

Clive Barker wants to see Benni McCarthy take over as Bafana boss



Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker believes Benni McCarthy could be exactly what the national team needs to turn its fortunes around.

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South Africa failed to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations after the 2-0 defeat to Sudan on Sunday, which has put pressure on coach Molefi Ntseki to step down from his post.

Barker was surprised to see Ntseki appointed in the first place, and he reckons a young up-and-coming coach like McCarthy, who is in charge at AmaZulu, could breathe life into the team.

"I have always said that you have to have coaches that have won things. I mean‚ not to be against coach Molefi Ntseki‚ I think his mannerisms are good and I think his intentions are good‚ but really you have got to win things. I feel for him‚" Barker told Times Live.

"I think it is terrible that we have all these facilities that we have got and just be knocked out so early. It is just crazy. The quality of football leaves quite a bit to be desired.

"I mean‚ it is crazy [the decision to appoint Ntseki]. You can't go there and be in charge of a national team and you have never won anything.

"I can't recall if he has won something and if he has won‚ then I do apologize. Arthur Zwane sits there and he has won all types of trophies‚ how can he go there and have a guy who has never won anything?"

"I think they should have thought of maybe someone like Benni McCarthy or people like that, who can come in and turn this whole thing around," added Barker.

"No doubt about it‚ he [McCarthy] is a breath of fresh air. He knows the game at the highest level and he has played and scored at the highest level.

"He has made his mark at national level as a player and he is now making his mark as a coach locally. He is the guy that should be able to take us forward.

"He is the flavor of the month at the moment - and he should be, too. He has done really well as a coach‚ the people respond well to him and they do it for a reason - because he has delivered the goods before."


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