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Former Bafana Bafana star Sibusiso Zuma: 'I am 100% behind Benni for this job'

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Sibusiso Zuma and Benni McCarthy share a celebration moment at the 2002 African Cup of Nations (Gallo Images)
Sibusiso Zuma and Benni McCarthy share a celebration moment at the 2002 African Cup of Nations (Gallo Images)

Former Bafana Bafana star forward Sibusiso Zuma says he hopes Benni McCarthy will be announced as the next national head coach this week.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) is reportedly preparing to make an official announcement of the new mentor on Wednesday, 5 May in Johannesburg.

The 43-year-old McCarthy is currently the head coach of AmaZulu.

He has taken the Durban side from fighting to avoid relegation to vying for DStv Premiership credentials as they now hold the second spot on the log standings.

SAFA released a scathing statement on Sunday about the widespread media speculation on whether McCarthy will be named the new Bafana Bafana head coach.

If the reports are true, McCarthy will become the 15th Bafana Bafana coach in a decade, replacing Molefi Ntseki.

The former under-17 national coach was sacked in March after failing to guide the team to next year's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.

Speaking to The South African website, Zuma said he always believed that McCarthy would end up as a coach.

"As somebody I played with, I saw that Benni was always someone who wanted to end up coaching. He was always interested in the tactical part of football," Zuma said.

"At Cape Town City… not really following closely but I saw Cape Town City playing very attacking and beautiful football.

"Right now, at AmaZulu, he just changed the whole team, and they are number two in the league right now. He’s doing well for himself and South African football as well."

Zuma added: "So, as South Africa, I think we have a favourable chance of building with one of our own coaches; someone who won the (UEFA) Champions League, someone who was coached by top coaches.

"I believe he's the number one candidate right now and my favourite. I am 100% behind him for this job and I hope he gets it.

"It's important for the country so that he can start changing things for us and for the guys who are playing right now. I think there is going to be an improvement."

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