Benni McCarthy, a legend of the Bafana Bafana national side, has joined Premier League powerhouse Manchester United as a first team coach.
On Saturday night, the club tweeted to confirm the news.
McCarthy (44), who holds the record for most goals scored in his nation, is the only South African to have won the Champions League while playing for FC Porto.
He has previously played professionally in England for Blackburn Rovers and West Ham.
He has achieved success locally with Cape Town City and AmaZulu since entering the coaching field.
In the 2020–21 season, when Usuthu finished second and earned a spot in the CAF Champions League for the first time in club history, he guided the KwaZulu-Natal club to its best result in the Premier Soccer League era.
McCarthy previously worked with Cape Town City, when he won the MTN8, and served as the assistant coach for the Belgian team Sint-Truidense in 2017.
Fans online have responded to the legend McCarthy joining Manchester United with both enthusiasm and shock.
McCarthy, a devoted United supporter throughout his entire life, consented to work with Erik Ten Hag.
Some supporters were left wondering how the former Ajax Amsterdam, FC Porto, and Blackburn Rovers striker will mesh with Cristiano Ronaldo, while others believe McCarthy’s expertise will be very helpful to United’s young forwards.