Benni loves his home com­forts

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - DFA SPORT - MI­NENHLE MKHIZE SOC­CER WRITER

BENNI McCarthy is fresh from winning the MTN8 with Cape Town City and has made it clear that he wants to avoid the trip to Lim­popo in tonight’s draw for the last 16 of the Telkom Knock­out at 7.30pm.

The Cit­i­zens are seeded which means they won’t play Mamelodi Sun­downs, Kaizer Chiefs, Or­lando Pi­rates, Su­per­Sport United, Free State Stars, Mar­itzburg United and La­montville Golden Ar­rows. All th­ese teams fin­ished in the top 8 last sea­son to earn their seed­ings.

City can play one of AmaZulu, Bloem­fontein Celtic, Wits, Chippa United, Polok­wane City, Baroka FC, High­lands Park or Black Leop­ards.

McCarthy told the me­dia on Fri­day af­ter his side shared the spoils with Mar­itzburg United at Harry Gwala Sta­dium in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg that he wants to get the home tie in to­day’s draw.

“I’m not scared of any­one. As long as I’m home. Give us a home tie then I’m okay. Don’t give me Baroka in Polok­wane. Don’t give me Black Leop­ards there in Tho­hoyan­dou. If we are go­ing there, we are go­ing to have a prob­lem,” McCarthy elab­o­rated with a big smile.

City have built a rep­u­ta­tion as Cup spe­cial­ists in their two and half years of ex­is­tence.

They have reached three Cup fi­nals and lost one in a short space of time. City lifted the Telkom in 2016, beat­ing Su­per­Sport United in the fi­nal in Pe­ter Mok­aba Sta­dium. Wits are the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons but they are unseeded be­cause they fin­ished out­side the top 8 last sea­son.

Buhle Mkhwanazi of Wits Uni­ver­sity FC fights for the ball with Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi of Mamelodi Sun­downs FC dur­ing their PSL match at Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium in At­teridgeville.Pic­ture: Oupa Mokoena/African News Agency (ANA)

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