I’m mak­ing good strides says Benni

Pretoria News Weekend - - SPORT - MI­NENHLE MKHIZE

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.”

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