McCarthy laments Rusike setback
Posted: 26 February 2018 Time: 17:00
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is sweating over the fitness of new striker Matthew Rusike.
The January signing injured his hamstring midway through the first half of a 2-1 loss to Bidvest Wits at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening.
City have struggled for goals this campaign, with the out-of-favour Ayanda Patosi and rising talent Craig Martin their top scorers with a modest three goals apiece.
McCarthy's other options up front include Surprise Ralani, Nana Akosah-Bempah and Judas Moseamedi, while Masoud Juma is still making his way back from a knock.
"Losing Matty, we will have to see how serious the hamstring is," said McCarthy after his team were denied a fifth straight victory over the Clever Boys this season.
"We finally get a striker that we think will be able to give the team a push and he gets injured at a crucial stage as well.
"I think with the way the game was going and the chances eventually created, we needed a number nine, a poacher up there to put it in for us. But, unfortunately, he got injured."
The Citizens have slipped to sixth in the Premiership standings and will hope to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit seventh-placed Baroka at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.
"We have to pick ourselves up," McCarthy added.
"It's a tough one away to Baroka but I'm confident if we can produce these kind of performances something has got to swing in our favour. It is just us making the silly mistakes that we need to cut out."