Augusto Palacios backs Benni McCarthy for AmaZulu job

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AmaZulu are currently without a head coach following the demotion of Ayanda Dlamini back to their development ranks earlier this week, with assistant coach Alan Freese having taken charge temporarily.

McCarthy has already emerged as a strong candidate to take over the reins at the revitalised Usuthu, for whom new owner and club president Sandile Zungu has mapped a 12-year plan.

The former Orlando Pirates and FC Porto striker is currently unemployed back home in Scotland, after being sacked by Cape Town City in November last year.

Palacios, who worked with McCarthy at Pirates, believes that the 43-year-old UEFA Pro-Licenced tactician is the right candidate to lead the KwaZulu-Natal outfit.

“I think it’s good for the boy. He is a local coach. He has had good achievements at Cape Town City, so this is a good opportunity for him to further showcase his potential,” Palacios tells KickOff.com.

“I think AmaZulu could provide him with that good opportunity, they have signed good players like Shabba [Simphiwe Tshabalala], Amigo [Luvuyo Memela] and the other players from Pirates [Augustine Mulenga and Xola Mlambo]".

“He is a good coach and hungry for more success after his great achievement at Cape Town City – he won a [Telkom Knockout] cup there.

“He will make more good signings for them because he knows the players and local football, and I think AmaZulu are also a great club with huge history. I believe that will give him motivation to strive for success there.”

8 June 1998 - Benni during Bafana training in Vich
8 June 1998 - Benni during Bafana training in Vichy, France at the '98 FIFA World Cup
24 January 1998 - Benni in action against Namibia
24 January 1998 - Benni in action against Namibia during Cosafa Castle Cup
16 Dec 1998 - Benni vs Egypt in the Nelson Mandela
16 Dec 1998 - Benni vs Egypt in the Nelson Mandela Inauguration Challenge friendly in Johannesburg
25 Feb 1998 - Benni part of the team that faced Co
25 Feb 1998 - Benni part of the team that faced Congo in the '98 African Nations Cup semi-final
The Mandela Inauguration match between South Afric
The Mandela Inauguration match between South Africa (0) and Holland (2), in which Benni came on as a substitute to make his debut on 4 June 1997
21 May 2010 – Benni McCarthy arrives for Bafana Ba
21 May 2010 – Benni McCarthy arrives for Bafana Bafana's training session at Marks Park Grounds
14 November 2009 - Benni in action during an inter
14 November 2009 - Benni in action during an international friendly against Japan in Port Elizabeth
12 September 2007 - Benni up against Diego Godin o
12 September 2007 - Benni up against Diego Godin of Uruguay during an international friendly at Ellis Park Stadium
26 January 2006 - Benni after Bafana faced Tunisia
26 January 2006 - Benni after Bafana faced Tunisia at the '06 African Nations Cup in Egypt
7 February 2005 - Benni preparing for Bafana's fri
7 February 2005 - Benni preparing for Bafana's friendly against Australia at Kings Park Stadium
4 September 2004 – Benni during Bafana's training
4 September 2004 – Benni during Bafana's training session at the Stade Des Martyrs, Kinshasa, DR Congo
10 October 1997 - Benni's portfolio shot ahead of
10 October 1997 - Benni's portfolio shot ahead of Bafana's friendly against France in France
8 June 1998 - Benni during Bafana training in Vich
8 June 1998 - Benni during Bafana training in Vichy, France at the '98 FIFA World Cup