Benni McCarthy targets Telkom Knockout honours. City, who won the MTN8 in September, are 14th on the Absa Premiership table with seven points from eight games. Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says the club are gunning for Telkom Knockout honours irrespective of their lowly league position.
They next face AmaZulu in their TKO opener at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, Durban on Tuesday (19h00). “Listen I think every competition is a must. The competitions are there for a reason, it’s part of the league. It’s part of what our culture is about,” McCarthy told reporters.
“I don’t think anybody or any coach, or any team has the right to not take anything serious, you know. Like I said, every game I go out I want my players to give their best because that is what the fans demand of them and that is what I expect from them. For me there is no easy game or game where we are not gonna try, that’s not why we play this beautiful game.
“We go out and we go out hard. I’m gonna set my team up as strong as possible. Obviously I have to bear in mind that some players were away on national duty even though my players didn’t get an opportunity to play. But yeah, be just mindful of the tough training sessions they had there.
“I know at national level it feels like you are on pre-season all over again, you know. So you train twice and you play friendlies and all that, so some of the other players had a break also, some days off. The rest of the guys that was on national duty didn’t get that. I need to be mindful of their fatigue. I’m gonna try and pick the strongest team as possible and yeah we gonna go for it.”
Bafana Bafana’s record scorer is expecting an entertaining game against Usuthu, who they play again in the league four days later in the Mother City.
“Listen, they’re a very good outfit with a top coach, very good. Cavin Johnson is a very good friend of mine and I like his philosophy, and I like his playing style. He is also very fearless and he goes for it you know. So it’s going to be a very entertaining, very open, very good game of football. Two teams that want to entertain the fans but also want to go out there and get the win so that we can get a passage to the next round.
“So it’s gonna be one of those games that’s good on the eye for the neutral. But yeah, we gonna try and put out as strong a team as possible. Because yeah, I don’t want to lose and I think that win might just take you into a good momentum with the league games that’s coming up, especially given the fact that we’ve been on a two-week international break. We want to take this game as an opportunity to springboard your players.
“You get over the line and it just automatically gives you that momentum and then the league match comes against the same opposition. So, psychologically you want to get one up on them, you know. So that’s the reason for me that I want to go out and do my best, and win the game.”