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Cape Town City's Benni McCarthy afraid to face John Comitis without a derby victory against Ajax

Posted: 29 September 2017 Time: 13:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says there’s no way he could face boss John Comitis without three points in the bag after this weekend's Cape derby.

The Citizens face city rivals Ajax Cape Town in Saturday’s much-anticipated clash, with local-boy McCarthy set to preside over his first derby as a coach.

The clash is further fuelled by the boardroom squabble between City boss John Comitis and counterpart Ari Efstathiou, with McCarthy well aware of what’s at stake.

“It is special,” McCarthy said. “When you grow up in Cape Town, you know the difficulties you have to go through to get where you are, and as a player I was fortunate enough to get out here and have a luxury career, and then to come back full circle to manage a club owned by John Comitis – I literally grew up in front of him, so that’s really special.

“With all this pressure, there’s no way in hell I can go, after Saturday, and face that man without three points!”

Jokes aside, McCarthy says he enjoys a healthy relationship with his boss, and welcomes his involvement in the team.

“I see my chairman on a daily basis and speak to him all the time – he wants to know how the team is doing, how training is going and the level the players are at,” the head coach said. “It shows he has a lot of passion over his team.”

McCarthy says he’s excited for his first derby as coach, and hopes to deliver a positive result in front of his local fanbase.

“It’s a pressure game, but one I’m looking forward to,” he said. “My family is going to be here as well, the whole of Cape Town and Hannover Park is going to come out in their numbers.”

Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium is set for 15h00.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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