Benni in the 18 area: Four Bafana Bafana legends making waves abroad!

Benni in the 18 area: Four Bafana Bafana legends making waves abroad!

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Bafana Bafana legends who made names for themselves abroad are continuing to fly the South African flag higher even after retirement from the game.

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There are four names that have stood out following the appointment of Benni McCarthy as a coach specialising in coaching attacking plays and positioning at Manchester United.

McCarthy’s latest coaching gig sent social media into frenzy as football lovers, the majority of whom are South African congratulated him.

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But it is not only McCarthy who has done the country proud – both as a player and coach – over the last few months and years.

WHO ARE THE BAFANA BAFANA LEGENDS MAKING WAVES ABROAD?

There are three other Bafana Bafana legends who have done well for themselves and the country proud since becoming coaches.

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And they are Bradley Carnell, Quinton Fortune and former Bafana Bafana skipper Steven Pienaar who recently completed his UEFA Pro License.

BRADLEY CARNELL

Carnell kicked started his coaching career in South Africa as an assistant at both Free State Stars and Orlando Pirates.

Bafana Bafana Bradley Carnell
Former Bafana Bafana left-back Bradley Carnell. Photo: St Louis City FC

But before that, Carnell made a name for himself in Germany where he played for VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

The UEFA B License holder is currently working as a first team coach for St Louis City who will campaign in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2023.

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QUINTON FORTUNE

Fortune spent years in Europe as a footballer, including stints with Atletico Madrid, Mallorca, Bolton Wanderers and Manchester United.

Manchester United
Manchester United’s player Quinton Fortune Ferguson speaks to press in Istanbul 07 December 2004. Manchester United will play against Fenerbahce Istanbul for UEFA Champions League Group D Game 08 December 2004. AFP PHOTO/Mustafa Ozer (Photo by MUSTAFA OZER / AFP)

Upon his retirement, Fortune ventured into coaching, but he had to wait until September 2020 when he was appointed assistant coach of the under-23 side at Manchester United.

The former Bafana Bafana No.7 would later jump at the opportunity to coach Reading in the Championship although he also left the post after the entire technical team was sacked.

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STEVEN PIENAAR

Pienaar captained Bafana Bafana during his playing days, but it was in Europe where he really made it big as a player.

Steven Pienaar has acquired his UEFA Pro License. Photo: Archives
Steven Pienaar has acquired his UEFA Pro License. Photo: Archives

He played for a number of clubs, including Ajax Amsterdam, Borrusia Dortmund, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur among others.

Now, as he ventured into coaching, Pienaar got the job as an assistant for the Ajax Amsterdam U18 sides as he continues to learn and grow as a qualified coach.

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BENNI MCCARTHY

Now, McCarthy has added to the list of these high-profile Bafana Bafana legends after securing a dream move to Manchester United.

Benni McCarthy has joined Manchester United. Photo: @ManUtd/Twitter

The 44-year-old was a star striker during his playing days – it was at FC Porto where he really took European football by storm.

The UEFA Pro License graduate played in the English Premier League for Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.

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