Benni doesn't want a ‘half-hearted’ Majoro
Posted: 24 November 2017 Time: 09:13
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy hopes Lehlohonolo Majoro’s contract issues with the club will be finalised sooner rather than later as he doesn’t want a distracted player in his squad.
Having last featured in the City squad a month ago in a 2-1 league defeat to Chippa United, Majoro was not included in the squad for his club’s midweek 1-1 draw with Baroka FC, as McCarthy started the match with 25-year-old Letsi Koapeng upfront.
“Letsie was in the side because he was the best striker I had over the three-week period,” McCarthy revealed.
“He was very good on the ball, with his interlinking play and at training, he was firing from all cylinders, so you can’t really ignore the boy when he gives you that kind of commitment.”
‘Major’, whose deal with the Citizens expires in June, is currently involved in contract negotiations with club boss John Comitis, with McCarthy admitting he does not want off-field matters affecting the player on the pitch, hence his exclusion.
“Some people wait two days before we play and then come to life and expect to be in the side,” McCarthy said. “But no, it doesn’t work like that – you have to work every day. So that’s why I opted for Letsie instead of Major and Judas [Moseamedi].
“But I hope the Majoro issue can get sorted out quickly because I also want a clear view of the players that I have at my disposal and have players be committed to the cause. Be committed to playing for me and playing for the team and playing for their teammates.
“And then doing the job, not half-hearted because of uncertainty if he is going to go or going to stay. Negotiating a new contract is stressful for the player as well, so hopefully the chairman and Majoro and his party tie matters up quickly.”
Majoro has scored three goals in 11 appearances for City so far this season.