Thamsanqa Mkhize is the best in the league says Benni McCarthy

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McCarthy was asked about his thoughts on Thamsanqa Mkhize and whether he tips him for the Absa Premiership Defender of the Season award.

"Thamsanqa Mkhize is so reliable, a pleasure to work with, he's already got my vote, one of the most disciplined players I ever worked with in my coaching career. If I can have 20 more players like him, we would even compete in the Premier League," McCarthy said.

"I think his place in the Bafana Bafana team is guaranteed, I don't see anyone better than him in that position right now, top player that one."

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McCarthy was then asked if there is any player in his side that he believes should be amongst those players who will be part of the national team squad in Egypt come June.

"I'm so heartbroken for Thabo Nodada, who got a serious injury and is completely out to play in AFCON, he would've been considered no doubt about that," he said. "Also I think if Kermit Erasmus can continue with his form I can see him in that squad."