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Benni McCarthy explains Robyn Johannes captaincy decision

Posted: 12 September 2017 Time: 12:48

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has given his reasoning for naming defender Robyn Johannes as the club’s new captain, insisting the veteran is the perfect candidate for the armband.

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Johannes was on Monday officially announced as the club’s new skipper, replacing the departed Lebogang Manyama, with McCarthy saying it was an easy choice.

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“It was a very easy decision for me,” he told reporters. “I’ve known Robyn for a long time. I share the same views as him – he is a player who leaves everything on the training pitch, and for me, that’s what it is about. Since I walked through the door, that is what every player has given me.

“All I ask for his hard work, determination and dedication, and train every day as if it is your last. Every player has given that, but on the pitch you can only select one leader, even though we’ve got so many. Robyn leads by example – he’s a feisty character and a stand-up guy.”

McCarthy says he sees a bit of himself in the 31-year-old, and feels his former Orlando Pirates teammate has the ideal qualities to lead the Citizens in just their second season in the PSL topflight.

“When his teammates are getting kicked, he’s always the first one there for the fight to stick up for any teammate, and that’s what I was about,” McCarthy continued. “So I think when you select somebody to take your players into battle, you want that person to be as close as to what you were as you were as a player, or how you are as a person, to command on the pitch. Robyn is the closest guy I see in the team that’s ready to take up the fight and win every game, and that’s what good leadership is about.

“He’s got the respect of everyone in the dressing room, and he respects every player, whether they are a trialist or first team player, and he gives advice. So those are all little qualities that I’ve seen on a day to day basis, and that’s how I selected him. I could not have chosen a better leader.”

McCarthy also named a potential vice-captain, should Johannes not be available on matchday.

“For vice-captain, Vincent Kobola has also been in a leadership role as well, so he’ll be the stand-in captain if Robyn is absent and he is on the pitch,” he added.

City next face Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership tie in the Mother City on Wednesday evening.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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