JOHANNESBURG – Former South Africa national team coach Jomo Sono has backed former striker Benni McCarthy to lead Bafana Bafana as a coach.
The Bafana coaching role became vacant when Stuart Baxter resigned last month after the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.
Speaking about the coaching job, the legendary coach and owner of Jomo Cosmos stated that anyone coach is good enough to lead the national team.
The experienced boss believes McCarthy, who is currently coaching Cape Town City, can coach Bafana but needs to find the right people to be part of his technical team.
“Everybody is ready. But Bafana Bafana does not need a good coach. You need a person who has got good principles‚ who feels it when this country loses‚” Sono said.
“Like some of us‚ who are even scared to watch [Bafana]. Because my life is football. And when you see the national team going that way…
“I’ve been there (Bafana coach) four times. And I strongly believe that McCarthy is ready. But it all depends on who’s around him.
“If he’s got the wrong people, he’s going to sink. Like Pitso Mosimane and all of them – they all sink.
“Because the national team is not the same as club level. For Bafana, you’re meeting players from different cultures‚ players who have got their own mind‚ players based in Europe with a different mentality and so forth. So he can be ready. But it depends on who’s around him.”
Meanwhile, the South African Football Association (SAFA) is yet to reveal the process to hire a new coach, but the likes of Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt, Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane including McCarthy are some of the names linked with the job.