Benni: If it's a fight, Rhulani wont win


Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has opened up about Saturday's heated exchange of words between himself and Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena.

Pirates and City played to a 3-3 draw in a highly tense and interesting game at Orlando Stadium on Saturday but besides the goals, the fans were also treated to a spectacular show on the sidelines as Mokwena and McCarthy went at each other in the dugout.

With the noise blocking ears on the stands, it would have been interesting to know what was happening, and McCarthy explains what transpired.

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"When we were 2-0 up, you understand the fans. It's heated. You want [to play] quick you know, the players rush and rush. Then you go 3-2 up, you [Mokwena] are kicking the balls away," said McCarthy.

"That's annoying me more because I will never do that if an opposition player comes, ball bounce and about to pick it up and then as a coach you pick it up and throw the ball behind.

"So there is a new rule that apparently came out that a coach can get a booking for kicking the ball and throwing it up. Because now we were 3-2 up, then there was nothing said and nothing done.

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"I could see frustration on [Thamsanqa] Mkhize's face. I know he has respect for the opposition coach because he is our opposition coach and a senior coach but if you can't respect my players my friend, you don't deserve my respect. I just felt he needed to know my thing."

However, despite the altercation, whatever happened on the field stayed on the field and both Mokwena and McCarthy went to shake hands after the match.

"It wasn't a fight man," the Citizens coach insisted. "If it's a fight, he won't come out on top, that I can assure you. He won't come out.

"But listen, I am saying if there was fighting, I say the coach [Mokwena] would not have come out on top. But there was no fight." 

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