City fell victim to the mighty hand of The Brazilians, who recently snapped up Lakay from under their wings ahead of the start of the 2018/19 season.
What baffles McCarthy though, is the fact that the same club has now signed two of his players of a similar mould in the space of just six months, after Ngoma also moved to Chloorkop in January.
“It’s never nice to lose players that you’ve improved and worked with, to see them grow and excel and then you become the picking of a team with money,” bemoaned McCarthy.
“So, yeah, we’ve lost Lyle Lakay – a very important figure, he’s done exceptionally well since moving from [Bloemfontein] Celtic to us. He was a different player under me.
“We lost him to Sundowns as we did Aubrey Ngoma, which, for me, I don’t understand – two [of the same] players. That’s why we brought Lyle in, because we lost Aubrey – the same position, and they take exactly the same [type of] player from us again. If they don’t use one then they might as well just give one back to us.”
However, the former Bafana Bafana striker quickly changed his view and looked at the transfer from the player’s perspective, before admitting that many others – including himself – would have done the same had they been in coach Pitso Mosimane’s position.
“But I’m happy, first of all, for the boy. It’s a life changer, he joins a super team, don’t get me wrong,” he conceded.
“People like to throw stones at Sundowns because of their spending, but I think if any of us is in that position, you would do exactly the same.
“If you see something you like, you buy. When you can afford it, you buy it. So, Pitso and Sundowns is doing what everybody that’s not in that situation would love to do. So, I think it’s just a way of [having] a bit of fun.”