Former Be Forward Wanderers winger Isaac Kaliyati will have the privilege of being coached by South Africa football great Benni McCarthy at Cape Town City FC in South Africa.
The South Africa Premier Soccer League side unveiled the former Celta Vigo (Spain), Porto (Portugal) and Blackburn Rovers’ (England) star as their coach Tuesday.
The all-time Bafana Bafana top scorer has replaced yet another South African football legend Eric Tinkler, who jumped ship earlier this week to pick SuperSport United’s coaching job.
City Media and Public Relations Officer, Julian Bailey, Tuesday said McCarthy’s appointment augurs well with their ambition to take the team further.
“He is the most decorated South African player who has played at the World Cup, won the Uefa Champions League [with Porto] and played under great coaches such as Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho,” Bailey explained in a telephone interview.
He further cleared the mist surrounding Kaliyati who is reportedly still training with Wanderers.
“He will join us for pre-season training on July 1. All the paper work is done and he is registered as our player with the South Africa Premier League,” Bailey said about the winger who signed a five-year contract with City recently.
During his unveiling, McCarthy, who also played for Orlando Pirates in the late stages of his career, dismissed talk of his inexperience. He holds a Uefa A-Licence and worked as an assistant coach at a top Belgian club.
“I know people will say I am inexperienced, all I can say I have seen the best managers in the world fail, so why not try someone new?” McCarthy told SuperSport website Tuesday.
“I am grateful my first opportunity is with my hometown club, with the players, board and technical team, that has already been successful, hope we will be able to change Cape Town football again and compete with the giants in Johannesburg.”