Benni: City are a de­cent out­fit and should be among the top-five teams in the PSL

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BENNI MCCARTHY wasn’t pre­pared to give too much away as he pre­pared his Cape Town City team for a PSL fix­ture against Black Leop­ards at Cape Town Sta­dium on Sun­day (3.30pm kick­off) – but, asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing left-back Ed­mil­son Dove in the cen­tre of de­fence again, his face did be­tray a bit of a smile.

So, more than likely, the classy, com­posed Mozam­bi­can player will again do duty along­side Taariq Fielies in the mid­dle of City’s de­fence.

“Ed­mil­son of­fers us a bet­ter sta­bil­ity be­cause he is a left-footer play­ing on the left side of the cen­tral de­fence. It gives us greater bal­ance and there is a smoother flow to the team. So, yes, if I am look­ing to keep things the same, then Ed­mil­son will come into con­tention for the cen­tre of de­fence again,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy watched Leop­ards’ 1-0 de­feat to Kaizer Chiefs on Wed­nes­day and came away rather im­pressed.

“Leop­ards’ game (against Chiefs) gave me a good in­di­ca­tion of what we are up against,” said the City coach. “They are a newly-pro­moted team, but they haven’t dis­ap­pointed.

“If we do the fundamentals, if we work as hard as they (Leop­ards) do, then we can get the three points. And the three points are im­por­tant for us to pick up a few sta­tions on the log. We are a de­cent team and shouldn’t be where we are. We should be among the top-five teams in the PSL – be­cause where we are doesn’t jus­tify the qual­ity of the squad.”

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