WATCH: Benni McCarthy “Mourinho made me feel at home”September 16, 2018
16 September 2018
CAPE Town City head coach, Benni McCarthy, says Jose Mourinho showed genuine interest in his off field life, made him feel at home and brought the best out of him. The former Bafana Bafana striker played under the now Manchester United manager when he was at Portuguese giants, FC Porto.
McCarthy was one of the speakers at the Powerade Performance Academy at the Sport Science Institute in Newlands – a conference for sport coaches, media and other stakeholders. McCarthy spoke about his football philosophy, what it takes to be a professional and his journey in football thus far.
McCarthy also revealed how he was the victim of numerous racist attacks whilst playing in Spain for Celta Vigo and how he wanted to become a rugby player at first but “was too scared to get hurt” and instead worked very hard to become a professional footballer. “I would go to training carrying my boots in a Shoprite bag. I went for trials at a Cape Town club but they didn’t sign me because I didn’t look the part with my Shoprite bag. I would later score four goals in a game against that same team and then they wanted to sign me,” he said.
Mourinho signed McCarthy from Celta Vigo in the 2003/2004 and he immediately made an impact. He scored 20 goals in 23 matches in that season which saw them win the EUFA Champions League.
Watch McCarthy speak about his relationship with Jose Mourinho in the video below.
Headline pic: McCarthy and Mourinho when they were at Porto. Pic: The Sun