City ‘confident’ ahead of MTN8 final
Posted: 5 October 2017 Time: 19:45
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy feels his side are in the optimum headspace heading into next weekend’s MTN8 final following Saturday’s Cape derby victory.
McCarthy will compete for his first trophy as a head coach in Durban as his side square off against SuperSport United for MTN8 glory, with the City squad in high spirits after beating their town rivals for a third game in succession.
“It was super vital and important [that we won the derby],” he said. “If we lost that game, the final would seem like such a long time away. But going into this break after winning, the players are more confident and are in a nice environment because the last game they remember was a winning one.”
On the flip side, however, McCarthy knows heading into the final after the two-week FIFA international break can have it’s challenges.
“It can also be tough, as we would have wanted guys to be in this kind of form and this mentality just before the final, instead of this lengthy break, but we have to just keep working,” he said. “But we have given the boys a couple of days off to be with their families, and to reward them with their good efforts.”
City will be looking for just the second trophy in their history following last year’s maiden Telkom Knockout win, while MTN8 victory for SuperSport will give them a third domestic title in three seasons following their back-to-back Nedbank Cup victories.