AmaZulu boss insists Benni McCarthy can coach Lionel Messi

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FC Barcelona on Thursday shook the football world by announcing that the Argentinian is set to depart the Catalan club after a protracted transfer saga.

The two parties had been in lengthy negotiations to extend the 34-year-old's stay in Barcelona with financial obstacles by LaLiga scuppering any potential extension.

French club Paris Saint Germain are thought to be leading the race for the six-time Ballon d' Or winner's signature.

In what can be regarded as football banter, the AmaZulu chairman has boldly predicted that the Argentinian will be playing in the DStv Premiership football this season.

"Watch the space, all I can say it's watch the space," Zungu tells KickOff in their audacious attempts to sign Messi.

Zungu added that a quality coach such as Benni McCarthy could easily coach a player regarded as the greatest ever.

"Watch the space you never know. Benni can coach this boy. Benni can coach Messi. That's all I can tell you. He can fit perfectly in our style of play."

Meanwhile Usuthu on Thursday unveiled a host of new signings with Keagan Buchanan, Philani Zulu, Mxolisi Kunene, Tercious Malepe, Tshepang Moremi, Mattaar Ceesay and Lindani Shange all being unveiled.

"We did very well, the players we signed are the ones we were targeting." Says Zungu.

"The core of the team is in place, which is very important. We don't sign for the sake of signing. We've strengthened where we needed strengthening, so we're good. We have also promoted a couple of youngsters who have done very well in the MDC. So I'm very happy."

AmaZulu's first match of the season is against Cape Town City in the Quarterfinals of the MTN8 on August 15 at Moses Mabhida.

Mxolisi Kunene (29) - defender
Mxolisi Kunene (29) - defender
Tercious Malepe (24) - defender
Tercious Malepe (24) - defender
Keagan Buchanan (30) - midfielder
Keagan Buchanan (30) - midfielder
Philani Zulu (28) - defender
Philani Zulu (28) - defender
Matarr Ceesay (21) - midfielder
Matarr Ceesay (21) - midfielder
Hendrick Ekstein (30) - midfielder
Hendrick Ekstein (30) - midfielder
Kgotso Moleko (31) - defender
Kgotso Moleko (31) - defender