Benni lauds ‘dream player’ Johannes

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The former Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, Golden Arrows and AmaZulu centre-back has been rock-solid for the Citizens so far this season, playing a key role in a defence that has leaked just one goal in four encounters.

And McCarthy could not help but heap praise on his star defender when asked about his performances.

“He is the most under-rated defender in our league,” McCarthy said. “I said when I joined Pirates that I couldn’t understand how this player couldn’t play in our team. Robyn is the best defender I’ve seen with the ball at his feet, and can even easily play holding midfielder.”

McCarthy feels the 31-year-old is still good enough to don the national jersey following his impressive performances at club level.

“He’s been one of the standout performers in the team, and seems to be getting younger by the day instead of getting older,” he said. “It’s a coach’s dream to have a player like that in your team. He trains at 100%, he’s always there and he always holds up his hand and is involved in everything, and is willing to die for the cause.

“I think he’s someone that should be playing in the national team, not because he’s in my team, but because of his quality, what he brings to the team, the career he has had, the teams he’s played for … he should be in the national team, if they scout properly.”