Benni pursuing new career in UK
HE made his name as a striker, but he is about to find out whether he can make the grade as a coach.
Former Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy moved lock, stock and barrel to England this week in pursuit of a Fifa-accredited coaching badge.
McCarthy's agent, Rob Moore, and his friend of 17 years, Percy Adams, confirmed that the star left on Tuesday to pursue his new career in the UK.
If he gets the badge, he will be one of only a few coaches in the country who can boast of such an achievement.
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane got his coaching badge in Germany and Wits University's Gavin Hunt trained in England.
Adams said McCarthy had moved out of his rented house in Joburg and shipped his Bentley to his mom in Cape Town.
"Benni gave me instructions to sell the Porsche and I am looking for a buyer," he added.
Moore said: "He has gone for his coaching licence abroad and only he can decide and evaluate what he will do next once he has completed the course."
Adams said McCarthy, the player with the most Bafana Bafana goals (31), had been in touch with English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, which is helping to facilitate his new career.
McCarthy is known for having had words with several sports personalities - soccer players, coaches and South African Football Association administrators.
"He said it would be much easier for him to meet and train under his former coach, Jose Mourinho, who left Spain to join Chelsea in England.
"I have never seen him so determined about getting what he wants and I have known him all my life," said Adams.
Asked if McCarthy might be lost to South Africa, Adams said: "The chances of him getting a job are better at home than overseas.
"But who knows, with the connections that he has overseas, he could be the first African coach to manage a team abroad.
"This could also open the door for several African coaches to get jobs overseas. He could even get a job with Bafana if he has the qualifications."