Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy not rushing Teko Modise
Posted: 18 August 2018 Time: 09:00
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says he will field veteran Teko Modise whenever the player himself feels fit.
Modise, who joined the Citizens from Mamelodi Sundowns last year, made 17 starts and 6 substitute appearances across all competitions last season, but has featured in just one of the three games played by City so far this term – he played the full 90 minutes in the season-opening 2-0 victory over SuperSport United, but did not travel to the following away fixtures at Baroka and Maritzburg United.
McCarthy has opened up about his relationship with his former Orlando Pirates teammate, and the thinking behind how he will utilise the 35-year-old this season.
“With each individual player, I have my own way in which I manage them, Surprise [Ralani] is different from Teko, Teko to [Roland] Putsche, to [Matthew] Rusike, to ‘Shaka’ [Siphelele Mthembu].”
“With Teko, it’s more about what he can give me, and what he can give the team, I always ask him, not that players have preference, but I think we were teammates and he has earned my respect for me to go and have this kind of relationship with him.”
McCarthy says he’s learnt from how Jose Mourinho treated the senior players when he played under the current Manchester United tactician at FC Porto, and says he listens to how Modise himself feels when asked about his fitness.
“I’ve seen, when I was a younger player, how Mourinho was with the senior players – not to say I want to be like that – but I think you get the best out of them when you get them to elect the kind of games they’re ready to play, because obviously you have to consider the travelling and the strain on the body,” he said. “When you’re over 32, the body responds differently to the likes of Craig Martin’s and the younger guys.
“So of course we have our discussions, and for certain games and certain trips, if he wants to be involved or if he doesn’t want to be involved, or if he wants to sit it out … that’s the relationship that I have with him. And he gives me an honest assessment of himself, as he knows his body better than anyone else – the fitness guy might say he’s okay, but if Teko tells me otherwise, I have to go with what he says. So that’s how we do it.”
Modise is in line for his second match of the 2018/19 campaign ahead of City’s next encounter at home to Golden Arrows on Saturday evening.
Kick-off at Cape Town Stadium is set for 6pm.