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Benni McCarthy does not want Cape Town City to emulate Bidvest Wits

Posted: 29 October 2017 Time: 14:00

Benni McCarthy hopes his Cape Town City side do not emulate last year’s league and MTN8 champions Bidvest Wits as they begin the defence of their Telkom Knockout crown on Sunday.

The Citizens will look to retain the maiden piece of silverware they achieved last season when they face off against Baroka FC in the last 16 of this year’s TKO, but know a clash against table-topping Bakgaga won’t be easy.

McCarthy is certainly wary of the Limpopo side, but is also hoping to not replicate Wits’ form so far this campaign, with the reigning Absa Premiership champions struggling in the league after being knocked out early in this year’s MTN8 competition.

“Baroka are high-flyers, and everything they do seems to be working,” McCarthy said. “They can’t put a foot wrong, and we’re in a bit of a slump and know that we have to turn it around, so maybe this is our opportunity.

“We’ve got so much more to lose as we’re the defending champions of this cup, and the guys know they don’t want to become like Wits where you’re the MTN8 champions and then you go out in the second round. We do not want to emulate that and we know we’re going to have a tough fight on our hands.”

McCarthy hopes his charges will overcome the disappointment of three consecutive defeats and be able to deal with playing away in Limpopo as they look to get the defence of their title off to a solid start.

“If we can deal with their 12th man – the fans getting behind the team and piling the pressure on us, and learn to ride that wave a little better – then I don’t have a single worry,” McCarthy said.

“The first 15 minutes at the start and after half-time is always crucial, and that’s where we lose our focus a little bit. So we just need to tweak that and sort that part of our game out.

“I trust every player in the team and I know the qualities we have. The players must believe a bit more in what they are capable of doing, so we can move forward, have a decent game against Baroka and beat them.”

Kick-off at the Peter Mokaba Stadium is set for 15h30.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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