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Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy retains title hope after loss to Kaizer Chiefs

Posted: 19 February 2018 Time: 12:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy remains optimistic in their Absa Premiership title chase, and believes no one is "invincible".

The Citizens were pegged back in their bid for honours by rivals Kaizer Chiefs, after suffering a 1-0 defeat at the FNB Stadium over the weekend.

The Cape-based outfit missed out on a chance to move into second place, had they beaten Amakhosi, and now find themselves seven points adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

However, McCarthy is adamant they are not completely out of the race, placing his faith in the fact that "anyone can beat anyone", as has been evident throughout this season.

"Like Steve [Chiefs coach Komphela] said, there's nine games to go so all is not lost. If you want to win the league, you've got to beat the best teams in the league," said McCarthy.

"You've got to beat the teams around you as well, so with nine games left, it depends on how far we're willing to take the race.

"The way the league is structured, anyone can beat anyone. Nobody is invincible, despite the big signings some teams have made to cripple the smaller teams, but all is not lost."

McCarthy added that having many teams in the running for the championship makes for more excitement, as the likes of Orlando Pirates also look to reel in Sundowns.

"It would be nice if it went down to the wire, having Sundowns there; Chiefs giving a push for it; Pirates in the mix; ourselves maybe coming back into it," he said.

"Again, as Steve said, there's only a three-point difference between us and them [Chiefs], and a couple more away from Sundowns.

"I'm an optimist and I think we have what it takes. We've shown it throughout the season that we're not a team to just lie down for anybody.

"We're going to make the most of our opportunity [to stay in the title race]."

Article by: Chad Klate (@CKlatey)
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