Benni: No more sorry’s

Posted: 21 January 2019 Time: 16:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has called for a change in mentality from footballers across the country, insisting players should stop making so many excuses.

Despite guiding his side to a record 5-0 humbling of Free State Stars in their previous league encounter last week, McCarthy dished out some harsh words after the game, urging not only his players but players across the league to not settle for mediocrity in their pursuit for success.

“Most of the players are even too scared to look at me in the dugout because I’m in their ear the whole time, and sometimes – I don’t know if you can hear me – but for the kids, it’s a bit explicit,” McCarthy started. “It’s long overdue that our players start getting that European mentality; this ‘nice nice, hard luck, sorry sorry’ … that s*** don’t fly with me. Don’t ‘hard luck’ me, don’t ‘sorry’ me – just don’t do it again. Do it better.”

The City coach feels apologies are meaningless if the error is repeated, and feels this mentality is contributing to the lack of footballing success as a nation.

“You say sorry, but you keep doing it over and over and over again – it’s never going to stop,” he said. “I don’t want to hear ‘sorry’ or see a thumbs up – just don’t do it again. And that’s why I screamed the living daylights out of them, because I don’t want them saying sorry. By saying ‘hard luck’ every single time, that’s why we can’t achieve nothing [sic] in this country, because we just accept ‘unlucky’ or ‘next time’ – there is no next time.”

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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