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City coach McCarthy: Chiefs still the biggest – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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City coach McCarthy: Chiefs still the biggest

Benni McCarthy (head coach) of Cape Town City during the 2017 MTN8 semifinal football match between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at Bidvest Stadium, Johannesburg on 10 September 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 14, 2017. 13:00


Kaizer Chiefs are still the biggest team in South Africa and deserved their 2-0 win over Cape Town City on Wednesday, according to Citizens coach Benni McCarthy.

The Absa Premiership clash at Cape Town Stadium saw the Amakhosi pick up their first victory of the season – and end City’s five-match winning streak across all competitions – thanks to second-half goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala and Wiseman Meyiwa.

McCarthy made no less than six changes compared to the team he fielded on the weekend when City booked their place in the MTN8 final by defeating Bidvest Wits, but he is adamant that his selection didn’t play a role in the defeat.

“Nah, nah they didn’t let me down. Chiefs were brilliant. Everything they did was going their way. They have a lot of experience, they came also with youth. They looked way more fresher than us,” McCarthy told SuperSport cameras after the match.

“They were up for it and we were second best. When you don’t take your chances it’s going to be difficult because Chiefs is the kind of team that you give them an opportunity they’re going to take it.

“Today they got two, for us it’s just one loss. Very proud of the boys. They showed they can adapt to any kind of football. We didn’t sit back and let Chiefs dominate, we also took the game to them.”

The former Bafana Bafana striker added, “People underestimate Chiefs, they’re still the biggest team in the country.”

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‘Manyama’s mind wasn’t there’ – McCarthy – MTN8 2017

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‘Manyama’s mind wasn’t there’ - McCarthy

Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the 2017 MTN 8 quarter final football match between Cape Town City FC and Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 12 August 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 19:00


Benni McCarthy has explained why he felt the need to exclude star player Lebogang Manyama from his Cape Town City side in their 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits in the MTN8.

The Citizens defeated the Clever Boys in the teams’ semifinal, first leg clash in Cape Town Stadium, but Manyama was conspicuous by his absence.

The reigning PSL Footballer of the Season was hauled off at half time of City’s 3-1 win over Platinum Stars in the Absa Premiership last week, with McCarthy feeling that his focus has gone ahead of the looming transfer deadline.

The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Cape Town club. Mamelodi Sundowns are known admirers, while a move to Europe could also be on the cards.

“I just felt that with the changes I made last week to the side, I left Lebo in and obviously I didn’t get what I was looking for from the performance against Platinum Stars… because of everything that was going on in the media, with is he gonna go or is he gonna stay,” explained McCarthy in the wake of the MTN8 clash.

“I felt this week more so than ever that his mind wasn’t here. He was at training, he was present but he had a lot of things going [on]. I had a chat with him, and obviously that was the general feeling I got.

“So I thought it was the most noble thing to do. If a player is gonna play half-hearted or half-minded, you’re not gonna get his full worth, his full potential.

“And the fans are gonna get on his back because of the news of is he gonna go or is he staying. I don’t want the fans to start being impatient with him, because obviously it’s not his fault. You can’t control your mind to a certain extent.

“I thought the right thing to do was to keep him out of the firing line of people having a go at him. So I felt that this game [against Wits] is gonna need 100 percent concentration, 100 percent commitment from everyone.

“And if you are not gonna give 100 percent it’s better that you are out the team, and that’s the reason why he was.

“He wasn’t 100 percent at training and you can’t play ahead of guys at training that’s ready to die for the cause.”

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Good for CT City that Hunt will be in stands – McCarthy – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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Good for CT City that Hunt will be in stands - McCarthy

Gavin Hunt, coach of Bidvest Wits ©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 13:00


Gavin Hunt’s absence from the touchline for the match between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City is good news for the latter team, according to coach Benni McCarthy.

The Wits mentor – who gave McCarthy his professional debut as a 17-year-old at Seven Stars – will have to watch the clash from the stands after earning a two-game ban for being sent off in his side’s MTN8 quarterfinal with Golden Arrows last weekend.

“Good for us, very good for us. I was hoping they lose a couple more players with the send offs,” McCarthy said in regards to the fiery clash between Wits and Arrows, as quoted by KickOff.

“It was a really strange one, [but] they ain’t the champions for nothing. You see 2-0 down with ten men they were still able to win the game, it just shows the character.

“But it’s because they got for me probably the best coach in the league. That team is drilled properly, we will have to bring our A-game if we are to get something against Wits.

“They have the experience, they are a big side, and they rely a lot on set-pieces but they can also play. I think they surprise people with how they play, they have got players that are comfortable on the ball.

“So I think we will have to tighten the screws a little better, but yeah I think we will be prepared for Wits. They won’t have ‘Hunty’ on the bench, so it’s good for me.

“So I don’t have to face ‘coachie’ when there’s an altercation I have to settle. So at least now I can do it with the assistant coach, which for me is no problem.”

The match at Bidvest Stadium will kick-off at 20h00 CAT on Friday night.

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Robyn Johannes says Benni McCarthy is a winner – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Cape Town City FC

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Robyn Johannes says Benni McCarthy is a winner

Mondli Dlamini of Maritzburg United challenged by Robyn Johannes of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Cape Town City at the Harry Gwala Stadium, South Africa on 01 May 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 11:30


Cape Town City defender Robyn Johannes says they will continue to win trophies under their new coach Benedict McCarthy.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates centre back says he knows the former Bafana Bafana striker is a winner.

City are set to welcome Bernard Molekwa’s Polokwane City for their MTN8 Cup quarter-final clash on Saturday at Cape Town Stadium this weekend.

The Telkom Knockout Cup champions have also signed the likes of Ayanda Patosi and ex-Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise, whose arrival has been hailed by Johannes.

“Many good players don’t often go on to become good coaches, but Benni is a winner,” said Johannes to IOL.

“We’ve been friends for a long while, even before he came to Pirates, I know him well, and I am confident that he will be successful as a coach.

“I played with Teko (Modise) at Pirates and he is a great signing for us. He’s a big-name player and I can assure you he is hungry, and he has a point to prove.

“He won’t just be good for us on the pitch, but off it he can also make a contribution.

“He has been around a while and has won quite a few trophies and awards – he knows what it takes to be a success.”

McCarthy’s men will be at home against Rise and Shine at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, 12 August at 15:00 (CAT).

Furthermore, they open their 2017/18 Absa Premiership account against reigning champions, Bidvest Wits on August 18 at Bidvest Stadium.

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