Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana striker Benni McCarthy has ruled himself out of contention for the Bafana Bafana head coaching position.
The national team are still without a head coach after the South African Football Association (SAFA) parted ways with Shakes Mashaba back in November.
Although Mashaba is set to appeal his decision, SAFA is reportedly scouting out his successor.
Already Carlos Queiroz, Gavin Hunt, Pitso Mosimane, Milutin Sredojevic and Ruud Krol have been linked to the national head coaching position.
"I'm ruling myself out of this because I want to work every day and show my passion," McCarthy told the Daily Sun website.
"I'm too young to coach Bafana... the Bafana job is for established coaches like Gavin Hunt or Pitso Mosimane."
McCarthy has been linked to Orlando Pirates' vacant coaching seat with some reports suggesting that the ex-Pirates striker is being seriously considered for the position.
"A Premier Soccer League club would be an ideal place to start," said McCarthy.
"I'm waiting for a chairperson who is willing to take a risk with me, because good players don't necessarily mean they will become good coaches."Since retiring in 2013, McCarthy has earned some coaching licenses and spent time working as an assistant coach at Sint-Truiden in the Belgium Pro League under Chris O'Loughlin.