Absa Premiership

Benni: My mindset is not on Bafana job

Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Benni McCarthy insists the Bafana Bafana job is not at the forefront of his mind as he looks to shape Cape Town City into Absa Premiership title contenders.

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The 40-year-old recently earned his UEFA Pro Coaching Licence to become only the third South African to obtain the sought-after badge, after Zeca Marques and Mich d'Avray.

McCarthy has done an admirable job at City since replacing compatriot Eric Tinkler at the helm last year, guiding the team to the 2017 MTN8 final before lifting the trophy earlier this term.

Bafana Bafana's all-time leading goalscorer has been linked with the national-team post in the event that SAFA should sack Stuart Baxter if he fails to qualify for the 2019 Cup of Nations.

But the Capetonian remains focused on the task at hand with the Citizens and wants to repay the club's faith in giving him the opportunity to coach.

"I don't worry about that (the Bafana job) now," McCarthy was quoted as saying by TimesLIVE website.

"For me it is just about focusing on Cape Town City and doing well for the club and the chairman (John Comitis) because he has put his trust in me.

"I just want to concentrate on me and my coaching staff‚ and us trying to get things right to get us to where we should be. Anything that happens after that... But my mindset is not on Bafana I'm afraid. Not even close."

McCarthy's side will be seeking back-to-back wins in the league when they entertain Black Leopards at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 15:30.

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