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Benni McCarthy issues warning to Cape Town City stars

Posted: 18 June 2017 Time: 13:34

New Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says the team’s regular starters over the past season must not get too comfortable ahead of his tenure.

The former Bafana Bafana international was on Tuesday announced as the Citizens’ new head coach, taking over from Eric Tinkler who has since joined SuperSport United.

McCarthy is fully aware of the task at hand following a largely successful season for the PSL newbies, but says the stars of last season must not get too complacent under his watch as he eyes a few new additions to the squad.

“You don’t want to lose players from a team that has been successful … you just want to strengthen,” the new coach told reporters. “Now that we’re going into Africa, we are going to need a bigger squad with more games that what the players are used to, and players will have to fight for places – just because they started last season won’t mean they will be in the starting XI the next.

“I expect hard work from everybody; competition for places will be tough, but they guys that have already been part of this winning team are at an advantage because you know what they give you. And the new players will have to work hard to remove the regulars from their places.”

McCarthy says he’ll have to understand the mix within the squad himself before suggesting any new recruits to boss John Comitis.

“As a new coach, you come in and inherit someone else’s team, and maybe the players won’t perform the same for you,” he said. “So you’ve got to get to know the players, and best and worst about them. I’ll have to assess all that, and see how, going forward, I can add to the success they had last season. If there’s areas that need touching up, I’ll speak to the chairman to see where we can do business in the market and bring in reinforcements.”

McCarthy will hold his first training session with his new team upon their return for pre-season on 3 July.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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