‘Quiet’ SuperSport United leaves Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy wary ahead of league opener
Posted: 2 August 2018 Time: 16:00
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy admits SuperSport United’s relatively quiet off-season means he has to plan carefully ahead of their season-opener against the Pretoria club.
The two sides meet in their first league game of the season on Saturday, having met three times over the 2017/18 campaign, with all three encounters ending in a draw, including the 1-1 result in the MTN8 final which SuperSport won on penalties.
“Of course they’re a tough opponent – they always are,” McCarthy said ahead of Saturday’s clash. “I don’t know too much about the business they’ve done, they’ve been very quiet this season so far and just slipped under the radar, so nobody knows a lot about them.
“I think they’ll have a lot of surprises, but they have a very experienced squad.”
With the number of veterans that make up the Matsatsantsa squad, McCarthy knows his side will need to be smart enough to outfox their sly opponents.
“Morgan Gould, for me, has been one of the best centre-backs we’ve had in South Africa for the last 15 years,” he continued. “Clayton Daniels is a good and very experienced player and a leader, and then they’ve got the likes of 'Yeye' (Reneilwe Lentsholonyane) and Dean Furman as well. A lot of people might say they have an ageing squad, but sometimes age brings a lot of composure and calmness, so I think we have to be careful of that.
“They know the league very well and know how to grind out results and showed that last season, but I’m not too bothered about what they have – I’m more worried about my team. I’m confident – we’ve had good preparation and we should be ready for whatever comes our way. It’s going to be 90 minutes, 11 vs 11, and it will be about the team that wants it the most, and I’m certain that will be us. We’ve got home advantage, so we’ll have to make it count.”
Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium is set for 18h00.