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Cape Town City's Benni McCarthy insists there’s no beef with Ayanda Patosi after squad exclusion

Posted: 6 August 2018 Time: 11:50

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has explained Ayanda Patosi’s absence from Saturday’s match day squad, insisting there is no problem with his star playmaker.

City started the season in perfect fashion with a 2-0 victory over SuperSport United at Cape Town Stadium over the weekend, yet a noticeable absentee was Patosi, a player known for various run-ins with the coach and management last season, who failed to even make the bench.

Yet McCarthy says his absence was merely based on tactics, having closely analysed how SuperSport like to play prior to selecting his match day 18-man squad.

“It was a technical decision,” McCarthy said. “We’ve got a lot of players and everyone has been pushing really hard, but this game needed high-pressure players, and I think Patosi is our luxury player. He makes us play and scores goals, but I think with the pace that we have seen from SuperSport and how they pressed us, we would have felt a bit short [with Patosi]. So that’s why we went for [Thabo] Nodada at 10 which is not his natural position, but he gave us what we wanted in this match – winning the ball and giving it straight to the wide players to break, where Patosi makes us play a bit more.”

McCarthy insisted there was no confrontation with the former Belgian-based midfielder, who he says could feature against Baroka on Wednesday.

“It was just the circumstances of this game called for quick players because we wanted to hit Clayton Daniels and Morgan Gould with pace, and Patosi is not blessed with pace, so that was the reason,” he said. “But for Wednesday it’s a different opposition, a game where we have to keep the ball and be comfortable on the ball, so maybe that’s a game where Patosi will be needed. But there was nothing special about his absence – no fights, no nothing.”

On the victory against SuperSport, McCarthy says he was delighted to get a first win under the belt, having drawn the last three encounters against the Pretoria club, including the 1-1 draw and subsequent loss on penalties in last year’s MTN8 final.

“Overall I was happy with the performance,” he said. “There was a lot of good, but there’s lots that we can improve on. It’s a long season, and it’s only the first game, but it was an important one considering the many games coming up. This for me was the key game, and I’m very happy we managed to get past them this time around.”

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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