McCarthy, 43, will replace Ayanda Dlamini in the hot-seat at the ambitious KwaZulu-Natal club.
McCARTHY’S FIRST TASK WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY
McCarthy will return to the top-flight in South African football after a year’s absence having been sacked by Cape Town City FC in November 2019.
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Meanwhile, Dlamini has been redeployed to the club’s development ranks after earlier leading Usuthu to safety last season.
McCarthy’s first task will be to oversee AmaZulu’s next league clash against Golden Arrows at Kings Park on Wednesday, December 16.
Kick-off is at 17:30.
After six matches of the current season, AmaZulu are 11th in the standings with six points.
Those six points have come via one win, three draws and two defeats.
LEGEND DURING HIS PLAYING DAYS
Born in Cape Town and having grown up on the Cape Flats, McCarthy was something of a legend during his playing days both in South Arica and abroad.
He won the Champions League with Porto in the 2003/04 season. He also represented Ajax, Celta Vigo, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham while in Europe.
Closer to home, McCarthy played for Seven Stars, Cape Town Spurs and Orlando Pirates.
He is also the all-time leading Bafana Bafana scorer with 31 goals in 80 matches for the national team.