Cape Town - Benni McCarthy says having a UEFA Pro License shows he is
serious about coaching and hasn't relied on his profile as a former player to
McCarthy's appointment as Cape Town City head coach last
season raised some questions as to whether or not the former striker was ready,
but he has since allayed those fears.
First the 39-year-old guided City to MTN8 success, before
announcing he had completed the highest coaching qualification available.
Speaking to IOL website, he said: "It's nice that I'm a
novice coach‚ but with the highest qualification out there.
"It is not to gloat‚ it is merely that I needed to go
and educate myself.
"I needed to learn about a side of football that I did
not know much about."
He added: "I put in the work and nobody can point
fingers at me and say‚ 'yeah‚ all these ex-players think that because they
played at a certain level and represented the country they are entitled to have
a job lined up for them and they must be given an opportunity'.
"I never took anything for granted and I never asked
for favours‚ I have always had to work hard for what I wanted and with this it
is clear to see that I want to succeed.
"As a player I did one thing‚ as a coach now I needed
to do this."
He further said: "Nobody can say nothing about me
because I have got my qualification.
"But as much as I have the highest qualification in the
game‚ I'm still learning and can still learn from every other coach."