Is Cape Town City set to un­leash Ker­mit?

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - SPORT - MIKE DE BRUYN FOOT­BALL WRITER

CAPE TOWN City will be look­ing to com­plete a sea­son dou­ble over Su­pers­port United at the Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium to­mor­row (8.15pm kick-off).

City won the cor­re­spond­ing Premier League fix­ture 2-0 at the Cape Town Sta­dium back in Au­gust for the per­fect start to their cam­paign.

The Cit­i­zens find them­selves in ninth place in the stand­ings on 20 points, while Mat­sat­santsa are third on 23 points.

Wits lead the pack on 30 points and en­joy a three-point lead over Or­lando Pi­rates.

A big game

“It’s a big game for us up in Pre­to­ria,” said City owner John Comi­tis.

“We win and we pocket R1.5m from the league for be­ing the lead­ing team for the sec­ond quar­ter of the sea­son (com­pris­ing eight games).

“The play­ers will share in half of that, pro­vided they de­liver a win­ning per­for­mance. And I can tell you they are rar­ing to go.”

Mean­while, City’s new sign­ing, Ker­mit Eras­mus, will be in the match day squad, says Comi­tis.

“Coach Benni (Mccarthy) is still to de­cide whether he starts or not. What I can say is with Ker­mit join­ing us it has el­e­vated the qual­ity of our squad.

“He’s a striker with proven cre­den­tials.

“It’s no se­cret that we’ve strug­gled in front of goals this sea­son, so to have him in our cor­ner can only do us the world of good,” he said.

City would be in the hunt­ing pack if they come away with three points. That’s where they want to be.

They bag max­i­mum points and they move up four places to fourth on the league stand­ings. It would mark the half­way stage of their sea­son, and to be within strik­ing dis­tance of the pace­set­ters with 15 games left to play could well set up a shot at the ti­tle.

City ended 2018 on a high when they over­turned a 2-0 first-half deficit into a 3-2 vic­tory over higher-placed Bloem­fontein Celtic at the Cape Town Sta­dium.

Mccarthy laid into his charges at the break and they re­sponded with a 45-minute dis­play that he de­scribed as the best foot­ball de­liv­ered from them this sea­son.

There’s no doubt­ing the com­mit­ment lev­els of the play­ers, but they do need to be on the ball for the full 90 min­utes to ful­fil their po­ten­tial.

Not help­ing mat­ters has been a shaky de­fence that has leaked 19 goals.

Mccarthy and his as­sis­tants have been work­ing hard with the backs, now the wait to see if it pays div­i­dends.

The Cit­i­zens have played 14 games in the league thus far – they have a game in hand over the ma­jor­ity of their op­po­nents – to sit ninth in the stand­ing with 20 points.

Af­ter fac­ing Su­pers­port, they will host Baroka and

Free State Stars this month in league fixtures.

Pic­ture: Sa­muel Shivambu Back­pagepix

READY TO DE­LIVER: Ker­mit Eras­mus will be in the match day squad for the Cit­i­zens’ trip to Su­pers­port United to­mor­row night.

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