Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy downplays Lebogang Manyama's exit
Posted: 12 September 2017 Time: 08:45
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has downplayed the departure of former captain Lebogang Manyama as he promotes team work within his squad.
The Mother City outfit were worth their money in their MTN8 semi-final victory over defending champions Bidvest Wits on Sunday, advancing to their first cup final under McCarthy with a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.
This despite the departure of Manyama, who has since joined Turkish side Konyaspor following his sterling displays that saw him pick up numerous individual accolades last season, including the PSL Footballer of the Season prize.
Asked whether the ex-skipper’s exit has made a difference, McCarthy ruled out any dependency on individuals within his squad and said the load is evenly split amongst the players and technical staff.
“Listen, you must go play golf or tennis if you want to be an individual. Here the individual praises players get we accept, but it’s 11 on the pitch, seven on the bench, plus the coaching staff,” he responded.
“It’s a team effort. Everyone pulls their weight, everyone pulls in the same direction, and that’s how you know. Here they [players] know we don’t have superstars.
“There’s 24 superstars in our team, plus coaching staff, so that’s how we approach the season.
"We don’t build our team based on individual quality, or superstars. Here you come in to be humble, ready to work hard and win football matches. We’ve done a good job so far."