McCarthy mulling over final selection
Posted: 11 October 2017 Time: 16:00
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy admits to having a “torrid time” determining which members of his squad he will take to Saturday’s MTN8 final.
The Citizens face off against SuperSport United as the two clubs do battle for the first piece of silverware this season in what will be a second final in successive seasons for both clubs, yet more impressively for City considering they are into just their second year of existence.
And McCarthy feels the squad can etch their names into the history books as they aim to lift their maiden MTN8 crown.
“I always stress to the players how important it is to have that winning mentality to start well and put your name on the map and write your name in history, as I feel this is a bit of history for the club,” he said. “We’re just two years old, and in our first season we finished third and won the Telkom Knockout. This season we’re third again at the start of the league and are already in another cup final, so it’s remarkable.
“So I’m extremely happy – there’s nothing better than being able to coach a group of players and reach a final and be in the running to do something special in the league – that’s the joys you get from being a manager.”
Following the two-week FIFA international break, McCarthy says he can see a definite step up in intensity at training, and admits he’s having a tough time deciding who will start in the blue and gold come Saturday evening.
“I’ve already had headaches over the last couple of days – just to select the 18-man squad for this final is a problem,” said McCarthy. “Some players are going to be disappointed, and rightfully so – I’m having difficulty choosing the 18 players, let alone the 11 I think deserve to be on the pitch.
“So I’m having a bit of a torrid time selecting my 11, but hopefully by Friday I’ll be able to make good, positive decisions on that. The players have stepped up their intensity quite a lot at training, and it’s good that they’re fighting and keeping each other on their toes.
“We’re all excited and can’t wait for Saturday.”
Kick-off at Moses Mabhida Stadium is set for 19h00.