Benni McCarthy unimpressed with Cape Town City strikeforce

Benni McCarthy unimpressed with Cape Town City strikeforce
Benni McCarthy (head coach) of Cape Town City

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Feb 21, 2018. 14:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has joked that he should come out of retirement after expressing his displeasure with his strikers’ performance.

City, who are making their debut in the CAF Confederation Cup, booked a place in the first round of the continental competition with a 1-0 (2-0 on aggregate) win over Swaziland’s Young Buffaloes on Tuesday evening.

Yet McCarthy feels his side should have enjoyed a far more comfortable score line, with Bradley Ralani’s goal all that separated the teams on the night.

“I gave them a nice bollocking after the game because when you get an opportunity like this, these are the type of games to show yourself, take your chances and score goals. But it looks like another ‘smash and grab’ game for us, because it’s forever 1-0, 1-0, 1-0,” McCarthy said after the match, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“It gets a bit frustrating when you’re standing on the sidelines and I see my team creating numerous chances against every opposition we play, but we still can’t score goals, and I honestly don’t know what to do anymore.”

The former Bafana Bafana striker added, “I don’t know if I must maybe go for liposuction to get myself to play again, maybe that would do the trick, because maybe some of the players will be a bit embarrassed by a 40-year-old taking their place and doing unbelievably well, because I back myself – I could do better than what a few of them are doing.

“Not that I’m talking down on my players, but this is just happening far too often – I don’t know what to say or do anymore.

“In training, every single day, it’s half an hour or the whole session is focused on scoring goals, getting into good areas, cut-backs, strikers in the box … so they can’t complain that they don’t get enough of it, but come game-time … [shakes his head].”

City will face either Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy or Mozambique’s Costa do Sol in the first round next month.

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