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Benni McCarthy opens up on Bafana Bafana job: 'Nothing would make me prouder'

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Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy has put the South African Football Association (SAFA) on high alert after declaring that he would be interested in the head coach vacancy of the national men's team.

SAFA pulled the trigger and terminated the five-year contract Molefi Ntseki signed in 2019 last month after he failed in his primary mandate.

Bafana Bafana needed just one point but suffered an embarrassing 2-0 defeat against Sudan, failing to qualify for the next year's Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon.

With just over a week after Ntseki's sacking, McCarthy, whose name is at the top of the list as Bafana's next potential mentors, candidly stated that the job certainly interests him.

The former Ajax, Celta Vigo, Porto and Blackburn striker is now the head coach of AmaZulu where he has guided the KwaZulu-Natal side out of the relegation zone to third in the current DStv Premiership standings.

"As a former player and a manager now, you would want to be in charge of the best teams in the country where you are managing," McCarthy told BBC Sport.

"If that comes with the responsibility of taking your national team that's been struggling - it is something that I wouldn't rule out.

"As much as I love the day-to-day antics about managing players working on a daily basis and improving them, my national team is struggling, so if there is a chance for me to take the reins and take the South African job, I would think about it.

"I would really think hard about it because nothing would make me prouder than to manage my country and qualify us to a World Cup tournament.

"That would be one of the highlights of your managing career even though it is such a short space of time, but it is something that I am thinking about and would consider if the opportunity comes.

"My main priority is that I want to get back to England - I want to manage in the Premier League one day, or I want to manage a Championship club," he added.

"After playing there, I have had that taste of what the best league in the world is about and what is required of you, so that is mouth-watering, and that is my biggest desire."

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