Two South African football legends Benni McCarthy and Sibusiso Zuma are to share their experiences and insight at the 1st WFS Africa, which will bring together the very best of the global and African football industry in Durban, on 17-18 March 2020.
The two former Bafana Bafana players join an illustrious and diverse lineup of speakers for the conference that will turn the South African city into the capital of the African football industry. McCarthy and Zuma played together for the Bafana Bafana for years. McCarthy played for the Bafana between 1997 and 2012 and Zuma between 1998 and 2008.
The 31 goals in 80 appearances that McCarthy netted for his country make him South Africa’s all-time top scorer and one of the leading sporting legends in the country’s history.The striker from Cape Town is also the only South African to have won the Uefa Champions League, with Jose Mourinho’s Porto in 2003/04.
With 13 goals from 67 caps, Zuma too made a lasting impression with the Bafana Bafana, even captaining the team in the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations. At club level, his path was also an exotic one as he played for African Wanderers and Orlando Pirates before signing for Denmark’s FC Copenhagen, where he had successful spell and is considered one of the club’s biggest legends.
His bicycle kick goal against Brondby in the final match of the 2001 Superliga Championship, in which Copenhagen secured the title, was voted the greatest moment in the history of the club.
McCarthy tried his hand at coaching by managing Cape Town City for two years, Zuma, meanwhile, is highly involved in fighting against poverty and has been running the Sibusiso Zuma Foundation, which works with young kids with HIV, since 2010.
Both players will bring vast experience to the panel of 80-plus speakers at WFS Africa, where 1 200 attendees will come together from across Africa and beyond.
They will be addressing issues such as the success of African players in European club football and its fruit for the continent and the role of football legends in the development of the game across the continent.
The conference prestigious speakers include former Argentina international and Estudiantes chairman Juan Sebastián Verón, Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura, SAFA President Danny Jordaan, LaLiga President Javier Tebas, Olympique de Marseille General Director Laurent Collette.