Benni to strike – yet again

Ex-player with the Mi­das touch aims for MTN8 coup

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - SOC­CER By NICK SAID

BENNI McCarthy says he will be tak­ing cal­cu­lated risks in to­day’s MTN8 de­cider against Su­perS­port United in Dur­ban as he seeks a first piece of sil­ver­ware just months into his head coach­ing ca­reer.

McCarthy won 14 tro­phies as a player‚ in­clud­ing the Uefa Cham­pi­ons League‚ and found much suc­cess on the pitch.

He is now hop­ing that Mi­das touch trans­lates to coach­ing as well and has called on his side to be bold in what looks an even con­test against Su­perS­port at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium. “We have to take risks at times‚ but also be as dis­ci­plined as we can be too‚” said McCarthy.

“But I think what goes a long way when you look at the qual­i­ties of the two teams is that they have very good in­di­vid­ual tal­ents‚ but it is also about how well you work as a team,” he said.

“That will prob­a­bly ul­ti­mately de­cide which side comes out on top‚ I be­lieve. The team that works to­gether‚ fights to­gether and runs for each other‚ they are the ones that are likely to win.

“I keep telling the guys: ‘It’s a one­off game‚ if you turn up on the day‚ if you want it more‚ if you run harder than them‚ then you give your­self an op­por­tu­nity [to win]’.”

McCarthy has re­vealed that right­back Tham­sanqa Mkhize and cap­tain Robyn Jo­hannes are both fit to play af­ter re­turn­ing from na­tional duty and, that the lat­ter in par­tic­u­lar, could play a cru­cial role in the fi­nal.

“Robyn is fine‚ he is very ex­pe­ri­enced and knows these op­por­tu­ni­ties don’t come often. He knows how hard the team will have to work to try and win. I am happy he is back [from Bafana Bafana duty] and 100% fit‚” the coach said. McCarthy added that he was not aware of any in­cen­tives dan­gled in front of the play­ers by City owner John Comi­tis.

“I be­lieve the chair­man likes to make lit­tle se­cret agree­ments with the play­ers‚ but as for the coach­ing staff‚ I don’t know any­thing.

“If the play­ers have got any in­cen­tives‚ I don’t know about them. For me it is a fi­nal and a game that I hope we will pitch up in and fight to win‚” he said.

The for­mer Bafana strik­ing ace has also called on his play­ers to seize the mo­ment and make it two cup fi­nal wins from two for the fledg­ling club‚ who de­feated Su­perS­port in the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal last sea­son.

“You have to have that win­ning men­tal­ity‚ to start well and write your name in his­tory. This is his­tory for the club.

“They are two years old‚ fin­ished third in the league last sea­son‚ won the Telkom Knock­out and al­ready in the first fi­nal of the [new] sea­son.

“When you take this job there is noth­ing bet­ter than coach­ing a bunch of play­ers to reach a fi­nal. It is the joys you get from be­ing a man­ager. Get your­self into a fi­nal and avoid get­ting the chop!” a re­laxed McCarthy said with a laugh. — DDC

Pic­ture: FILE

KEEP­ING CLOSE TABS: Coach Benni McCarthy,right, em­braces his Cape Town City cap­tain, Robyn Jo­hannes, who re­turns for their MTN8 fi­nal against Su­perS­port United at Moses Mab­hida sta­dium in Dur­ban to­day

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.