The worst-kept secret so far in South African football has been let out of the bag: Benni McCarthy has been unveiled as the new Cape Town City coach on a three-year deal.
The former Ajax Amsterdam, FC Porto‚ Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United striker has replaced Eric Tinkler‚ who joined SuperSport United last week.
With Tinkler having steered the side to a creditable third place in their maiden Premier Soccer League season alongside their Telkom Knockout Cup triumph and their MTN8 semi-final placing‚ McCarthy has big boots to fill.
The 39-year-old Capetonian is making a home-coming of sorts‚ with his playing career having started in the Mother City before globetrotting in what was a successful playing career in Europe that included 80 Bafana caps and the UEFA Champions League winners medal he earned with FC Porto in the 2003/04.
It remains to be seen whether John Comitis’s gamble on McCarthy will pay off because the all-time leading Bafana Bafana goalscorer has never taken on a head coaching gig.
While he is a suitably qualified candidate with a UEFA A licence‚ the jury is out on whether he can transfer his on-field skills into something tangible from a management perspective.