Benni lauds Eras­mus and Mokeke

Pair is what City needs, up­beat Mc­Carthy says

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Nick Said

Benni Mc­Carthy has hailed the sign­ings of Ker­mit Eras­mus and Thato Mokeke‚ but does not be­lieve that Cape Town City will be mak­ing many more moves in the trans­fer mar­ket this month.

The duo ar­rived to bol­ster a club that could move to within four points of league lead­ers Bid­Vest

Wits if they win their two games in hand‚ start­ing with a home clash against strug­gling Baroka FC to­mor­row night.

Both fea­tured in the 1-0 win over Su­perS­port United at the week­end‚ Mokeke mak­ing his “sec­ond de­but” for the club after re­turn­ing to the Mother City‚ and coach Mc­Carthy couldn’t be hap­pier.

“I’m very happy with what I have seen‚ and I’m re­ally happy with the new ad­di­tions. It’s been ex­cel­lent. The way we have strength­ened the team has been re­ally smart and in the right ar­eas‚” Mc­Carthy said.

“Slowly‚ slowly we are com­ing into our own‚ un­der the radar and un­no­ticed‚ which is a good thing. We know it’s a marathon and not a sprint.”

Mc­Carthy says what he likes about his new sign­ings is the hard graft they put in and the ex­am­ple that they show to team­mates‚ per­haps a dig at Tokelo Rantie‚ who re­cently left the club with­out kick­ing a ball after off-field prob­lems.

“I don’t want to deal with pop stars‚ I want to deal with foot­ballers who are hun­gry to achieve things and score goals‚” Mc­Carthy said.

“En­joy the tal­ent you are given‚ but be will­ing to work hard. “Ker­mit ex­actly fits that mould and he is an ex­am­ple to the other play­ers in the squad. His qual­ity is sec­ond to none‚ when you see him work‚ you just have to ad­mire him.” Mc­Carthy says the same ap­plies to the ver­sa­tile Mokeke‚ who can play in mid­field‚ cen­tral de­fence or at left-back. “He is an Ajax [Cape Town] prod­uct‚ so he knows ev­ery­thing. He knows how to pass‚ how to con­trol‚ how to be pro­fes­sional. He is a 4x4‚ he does ev­ery­thing well. You can ad­just him and he is able to man­age any­thing. “What a lucky strike for us to be able to get a player of that cal­i­bre for next to noth­ing.” Mc­Carthy adds that if the right player comes along then he may add fur­ther to his squad‚ but says he is more than happy with the tools at his dis­posal go­ing into the sec­ond half of the cam­paign.

“We are in South Africa and some­times a new sign­ing falls into your lap and you have to go with your in­stincts.” “Thato and Ker­mit are enough‚ that is two top‚ top sign­ings. ”

/SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACK­PAGEPIX

Ker­mit Eras­mus joined Cape Town City from Europe late last year.

Thato Mokeke

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