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
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.”