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Shu-Aib Walters admits Cape Town City’s weakness

Posted: 3 September 2017 Time: 08:00

Cape Town City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters admits the team was very one-dimensional last season, and has lauded new coach Benni McCarthy for his new tactical methods.

The Citizens were undoubtedly the surprise package of the 2017/18 campaign, winning the Telkom Knockout and finishing third in the Absa Premiership in their maiden season as their counter-attacking football proved the downfall of numerous domestic opponents.

This, Walters believes, was soon found out, with the goalkeeper praising new coach McCarthy for acknowledging their one-dimensional style of play and trying to change it up over the opening four games of the new campaign.

“Benni is obviously here to add on to last season,” Walters said. “We felt we played a bit one-dimensional last season, and we didn’t have a Plan C or Plan D. Now he’s here to add that Plan C and add that bit of variety because at the end of last season, the last six or seven games, there were quite a few teams that picked up our style of play and we didn’t have a back-up plan. So I think he realised that and is now looking to add on to it.”

So far so good for the Cape club, who have won all four of their opening games, yet their experienced goalkeeper knows there is always room for improvement.

“We are still a work in progress at the moment,” he admits. “We are happy about the results, but the coach and technical staff still believe there is a lot of work to be done and a lot of areas we need to improve on as well.”

City will look to continue their momentum after the international break as they prepare for their second leg MTN8 semi-final tie against Bidvest Wits, holding a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg played in the Mother City.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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