Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy targets first derby victory over Ajax
Posted: 27 September 2017 Time: 14:55
Cape Town City boss Benni McCarthy is desperate for Cape Town bragging rights as he prepares for his first Cape derby as a coach.
The Citizens face off against rivals Ajax Cape Town on Saturday in the first instalment of this year’s Mother City derby, with the highly-anticipated clash receiving much media attention and fanfare in the build up to the weekend’s clash.
Speaking at an Absa promotional event at the bank’s headquarters, McCarthy admits this is no ordinary game as he looks to maintain the club’s dominance in the city, having won both derbies last season.
“All derbies are special, as we are playing for bragging rights in the city,” McCarthy said. “Ajax have come a long way, they have a wealth of history. But even though we’re only two years old, we are showing that we are a club that means business. And for us to continue in that spirit, we have to ensure that we claim those bragging rights of the city. So yes, it’s a three-point game, but derbies are special.”
McCarthy says there’s extra motivation in his team, based on the large number of Cape-born players in the squad.
“A lot of the players in our team are from Cape Town, so they have family and friends here, and you want to be able to walk in your city and make those people proud,” McCarthy continued. “I’m Capetonian and on the blue and gold side now, so for me it’s also about wanting to be on top of the hunting pack. We’re in a good position in the league, and we want to continue that. We want to achieve things with this club, so starting with the derby on Saturday, we want to have those bragging rights.”
A win could lift City to joint-top of the Absa premiership table with a game in hand, adding even more motivation ahead of Saturday’s showdown.
“The spirit has been high, and the guys are excited about the game,” McCarthy said. “For us it’s all about the three points, and a win would take us to the top of the league table, and that’s where we want to see ourselves.”
Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium is set for 15h00.