Former Cape Town City defender Kwanda Mngonyama has revealed a reason besides results that he thinks may have contributed to Benni McCarthy's downfall at the club.
Mngonyama played under McCarthy at City in the 2018/19 season before rejoining Maritzburg United and offered some insight into the way the former Bafana Bafana striker works that may have been to his own detriment.
"It was sad to see coach Benni McCarthy losing his job but that's part of football. In our industry these things happen," Mngonyama said.
"Coach Benni fought for many players at City and I feel it came to a time where he couldn't do it anymore. He's human after all and he got tired. He had to move on."
The Bafana Bafana defender feels McCarthy fought hard for his players at the club, even those who were underperforming and not producing results, which did not work out in his favour.
Mngonyama felt McCarthy fought especially for those who come from KwaZulu-Natal, which is why Thamsanqa Mkhize was given captain's armband.
"Coach Benni he is very good coach, especially to us players from KwaZulu-Natal," he explained.
"Some other things were out of his hands. He made it clear to us during difficult times that he loves KZN players because we are hard workers and have big hearts.
"Even though it's sad, I know he will bounce back in football."
Mngonyama said the good performances of Mkhize, Thabo Nodada and Siphelele Mthembu under McCarthy shows how much he believed in KZN players during his time at the club.
"Everyone knows that Thami is a quality player, even Thabo Nodada and Shaka Zulu, they work so hard," he added.
"Even myself at the club I was still performing, so coach Benni believed in us because we showed what we can do on the pitch, hence he believed in us."