Kermit loving ‘amazing, genuine McCarthy’

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Erasmus, back from a difficult four-year stint abroad, signed for the Citizens last month, making his official debut in their 1-0 victory over SuperSport United on 5 January, before making a substitute appearance in City’s 5-0 drubbing of Free State Stars last week.

Having been on the books of three different clubs last year, Erasmus says he’s settling in well to his new surroundings, and is loving being under the watchful eye of South Africa’s all-time leading goal scorer.

“It’s amazing,” he tells KickOff.com. “For Benni as a player, he wanted a coach to be the way he would expect in terms of training and games, and now that he’s become the coach, he’s implementing that as how players would want it to be. For us as players, that’s exactly the type of coach we want. Yes, he’s hard when he needs to be, which is normal: he gets angry and shouts at players, me included – there’s no favouritism with him, which is fair.

“But his training sessions are amazing and his understanding of the game is amazing because he’s played at the highest level and is a legend of the game, not only in South Africa, but in the world as the only South African to win the UEFA Champions League.”

Erasmus played alongside his new coach at Orlando Pirates, and says despite being fairly new in the coaching game, McCarthy has already made a telling impact on the entire City squad.

“I’ve played with him as a player, so to now have him as my coach is an amazing feeling,” the 28-year-old says. “He’s a good person, and is always genuine, open, honest and direct and always has good intentions for all the players in the team and is always there to help us. Even though he’s fairly new to the game as a coach, he brings us so much as players and is able to motivate us with the staff he has around him, and it’s great to have him as a coach and be part of this team.”

Erasmus, who suffered a hamstring injury on his City debut, trained separately from the squad on Thursday, and looks set to miss out on City’s Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash against SuperSport United on Saturday evening.

Kermit Erasmus reveals what went wrong abroad, how he almost joined Mamelodi Sundowns and what he’s hoping to achieve on his second return to the PSL in an open, in-depth interview in the latest edition of KICK OFF Magazine [Issue 502], on sale now!

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