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Phakaaathi Reporter
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25 Jan 2017
11:11 am

Mkhalele backs Benni for the Pirates job

Phakaaathi Reporter

Orlando Pirates legend Helman Mkhalele believes Benni McCarthy has what it takes to coach the Buccaneers.

Benni McCarthy (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images)

As reported by Phakaaathi earlier, Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza is said to be considering appointing the former Bucs striker as the club’s head coach.

Pirates have been without a head coach after the unceremonious resignation of Muhsin Ertugral in November last year, and McCarthy has emerged as a strong candidate for the vacant post.

“Yes, for me Benni is ready. He can definitely do the job as the Pirates head coach,” Mkhalele told Goal.

“Firstly, he gained an enormous amount of experience during his playing career. He was playing at the highest level. He also has the personality to lead and guide such a big team.

“Furthermore, he recently received his coaching qualification, [the Uefa A License], which is one of the highest coaching qualifications available.”

“Whoever takes over as the new head coach needs to make sure the players are in the right frame of mind as professional footballers,” added the former Pirates winger.

“The players need to be mentally and physically ready to play for a club as big as Pirates.”