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Benni McCarthy desperate for first Cape Town City win over Baroka

Posted: 8 August 2018 Time: 16:30

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy is desperate to beat bogey team Baroka for the first time in his career, and feels he now has the right arsenal to do so.

In their three previous meetings last season, Baroka drew one match and won two. They dumped the defending Telkom Knockout champions out of the tournament at the first hurdle with a 1-0 win, and beat the Citizens 2-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in February this year.

In that particular match, both goals were conceded from outside the box with Shu-Aib Walters in goal, and McCarthy feels that with the goalkeeping department now bolstered with new arrival Peter Leeuwenburgh as well as Sage Stephens, his side look a lot more stable at the back.

“Baroka were our bogey team last season, and we couldn’t get one over them,” he said. “But I think we’re very positive going there now, as we’ve got a keeper who won’t suffer goals from 45, 50 yards out – we a lot more solid in goals, because, if I’m honest, Shu-Aib Walters played in both those games [ed’s note: he only played one] and we suffered goals from 45 yards, so I think this season Sage and Peter seem to be a bit more solid and can handle those long-range shots.”

City notably missed a host of chances in those encounters, and McCarthy is confident his new-look strikeforce will fix that problem this time around.

“We are tighter and more solid at the back, and we’ve added another striker – two in fact, as [Matthew] Rusike is a revived man and ‘Shaka’ [Siphelele Mthembu] has come in and shown his quality. Those are the two areas where we lacked against Baroka last time because in both games against them, I remember how we lost – I was so furious that we threw three points away, and even in the Telkom when they knocked us out, it was a game that was a given for us … we outplayed them and out-thought them, but we just couldn’t score, and that was the problem, and we suffered silly goals.

“We can’t suffer silly goals as we’ve got two top-class keepers now, and have two strikers who can put the ball into the net, as well as Craig Martin whose come good. But I’m very positive that it’ll go down much better this season than last season.”

Kick-off at Peter Mokaba Stadium is set for 19h30.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis
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