I’m making good strides says Benni
DURBAN: Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy, still has a high respect for the two Soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates despite their barren spell in the last three seasons.
The Soweto teams are still searching for their first piece of silverware in three seasons.
Chiefs are known as the cup kings of South African football but life has been difficult for the past two and half season under the guidance of coach Steve Komphela.
Komphela joined Chiefs in 2015 following the departure of Stuart Baxter who brought four to Amakhosi during his three season stint with Amakhosi.
The last time Chiefs lifted a trophy was in 2014/15 when they triumphed in the league.
Pirates have also been going through tough times in the last couple of seasons. Their last trophy came in 2014 when they lifted the Nedbank Cup against Bidvest Wits at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“Losing is part of football my friend. It happened a couple of years ago when the Arsene Wenger went the whole season without losing a game at Arsenal. For me losing two games against Chiefs and Pirates I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. People mustn’t forget that these are two South African giants irrespective of their bad patch. Yes they may not be as formidable and strong as they were in the past years but they are still huge. They are the country’s biggest teams. Everywhere you go in the World when people talk about South African football they only talkabout Chiefs and Pirates. That’s the only teams they know,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy has started well at City. His side are occupying third spot on the log and have been beaten twice in six league outings. Those defeats came against Chiefs and Pirates.
“Losing against Chiefs and Pirates had to happen. I’m a young and inexperienced coach and of course I’m going to have moments where they get the better of me. The bigger teams have experienced coaches. I’m making good strides. You give me one manager in the Premier Soccer League who won 6 games in 8 matches in their debut season. I don’t think I should beat myself too much over my head about losing to Chiefs and Pirates.”