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THE BREAKDOWN: Beating Chiefs, Pirates & Downs & What Benni Needs To Do To Succeed At City

What Does Benni McCarthy Need To Do To Succeed At Cape Town City?

By Kyle Smith - Jun 18, 2017 10:59 AM @KyleLaduma

New Cape Town City coach, Benni McCarthy, will have a difficult act to follow after Eric Tinkler’s success last season. In the Breakdown today, we take a look at the key areas that the Bafana legend needs to keep working on.

Done Deal: City Appoint New Coach

McCarthy was appointed as City’s new coach on Tuesday, with the club acting quickly to replace the recently departed Eric Tinkler, who was brought in to fill Stuart Baxter’s vacated role at SuperSport United. However, the former FC Porto striker will have his work cut out for him if he is to reach the same heights that Tinkler did in the season where he finished third in the Absa Premiership and lifted the Telkom Knockout trophy. This is what he needs to focus on to replicate Tinkler’s success:

Keep Manyama and Ngoma at the club

Both Lebogang Manyama and Aubrey Ngoma have been key to City’s incredible 2016/17 season, with the former finishing as the league’s top scorer with 13 goals and the latter finishing as the league’s top provider, with 12 assists. In fact, in terms of goal contributions, goals and assists, both players account for 32 of City’s 47 goals this season combined. That’s 68% of City’s goals that can be directly attributed to one or the other. Mamelodi Sundowns have allegedly tried to tap up the stars and, even if nothing materialises with the Brazilians, you can be sure that the top teams will be out to secure their signatures. However, a man of Benni McCarthy’s reputation should be able to convince them to stay and learn some of the tricks of the trade under his tutelage. However, even if both players remain at the club, McCarthy would also need to explore other avenues through which to find the back of the net in order to make sure that the club aren’t dependent on their two stars.

Keep winning against the big teams

Against some of the league’s most established teams, Cape Town City have a remarkable record. They managed a league double over Mamelodi Sundowns, beat Chiefs once, drew the other game, beat Wits once and drew the other game and drew twice against Orlando Pirates. SuperSport United were the only club that has won a title in the PSL era to beat the Citizens, having drawn the other game. One league loss in ten games against the league’s most established sides is no easy feat and McCarthy needs to instil the same winning mentality in his squad to ensure that they don’t slip up against their toughest opponents.

Retain away goalscoring record

City’s record on the road last season was certainly one of their strongest points. They finished third on the PSL away table, with 22 points, five behind league leader’s Mamelodi Sundowns. This is largely a result of their record as the highest scoring team away from home, with 22 goals in front of the opposition’s fans. McCarthy needs to ensure that his team does not hesitate to attack the opposition while playing in less familiar territories.

Score first, put pressure on the opposition

When it came to the opening stages of games, Eric Tinkler made sure that his team was the fastest out of the blocks. City scored eight goals within the first 15 minutes of games and another nine in between minutes 16 and 30, both of which were the highest tallies in the PSL. Scoring early on automatically put the opponent on the back foot and allowed the Mother City outfit to take control of the game.

Focus on morale

As a newly established club, John Comitis stated at the beginning of the 2016/17 season that stability was the club’s first target, given the overhaul of the rebranding from Mpumalanga Black Aces and the relocation to Cape Town. City exceeded expectations by some margin and pulled off what some may call a “fairytale story”. The morale in the City camp is high and confidence is brewing. However, City will now be identified as one of the teams to beat in the league, which creates added pressure. Furthermore, players could get complacent and rest on their laurels. If anybody knows about the secret to consistent success and longevity, it would be Bafana Bafana’s all-time leading goalscorer and Benni McCarthy needs to retain the same spirit in the dressing room that led to such a successful campaign for the newly-formed team.

 Benni On Changes To City’s Technical Bench

If Benni McCarthy can keep the aforementioned points in mind during his maiden campaign as a coach, there is little doubt that we could be in store for another great season for Cape Town City.


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OB13 Joined: 06 Jun 2017
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OB13 Jun 19, 2017 09:48 AM
I can't wait to see how this tale unravels, Benni was a great player and seems to be a football fundi kodwa hai, CTC is going to be a hack of a challenge. Good luck nonetheless 18 area. Wishing you all the success.
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#Bucs Jun 18, 2017 07:20 PM
Benni will not even finish at least one season in Cape Town City. He is a Mr Know. He will always fight with players. Mark my words.
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setlaboswana Jun 18, 2017 04:50 PM
@RPK WHAT, thanks Dawana, the nappyrena Mafia are exploiting players. This means allegations that Letlotlo was once on a R5000.00 (five thousand rand) monthly salary was true.
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Khosi Lam Jun 18, 2017 03:39 PM
Asazi
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setlaboswana Jun 18, 2017 02:56 PM
@k-gatsheni, Benni is a straight talker, arrogant, temperamental at times, there will be a lot of drama with him at the centre, everyone will have to fasten his or her seat belt going into the new season.
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RPK WHAT Jun 18, 2017 02:46 PM
@setlaboswana ,HE'S NAME IS BVUMA,HE'S THE WEAKEST LINK I HV NEVER SEEN IN MY LIFE,
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setlaboswana Jun 18, 2017 02:46 PM
Let's be honest, how much weight can one attach to a win over a bottom 11 material such as the Mayfair side. I mean any team expect a win against them.
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k-gatsheni Jun 18, 2017 02:38 PM
he must motivate and keeps players happy.lastly he must close his mouth too much talking
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setlaboswana Jun 18, 2017 02:27 PM
Any team can beat fau and their neighbours, but not any team can beat Downs.
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lemeko1 Jun 18, 2017 02:11 PM
1) Hard work and player management 2) Bigger squad as they will be plying in CAF..... 3) A trusted buddy coach to help him focus in the fringe players RUDI KROL or GORDON IGESUND can work as the technical director 4) Focus on one match at a time forget winning the PSL tittle on e day one match at a time 5) Get maximum points per match do not fight with the big team Fight harder with smaller one 6)Play most home games in the township stadium to ensure you build the crowd and stronger fan base
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setlaboswana Jun 18, 2017 01:56 PM
Who is this young goalkeeper reported to be earning R5000.00 (five thousand rand) per month in nappyrena?
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Luvuyo J Jun 18, 2017 01:16 PM
we'll see
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RPK WHAT Joined: 05 Nov 2016
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RPK WHAT Jun 18, 2017 12:57 PM
STRONG TEAMS ARE MAMELODI SUNDOWNS AND BIDVEST WITS WENA SMALL BOY MACARTHY,CHIEFS N PIRATES ARE NOT SO STRONG,YOU CAN OVERPOWER THEM
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jm0276 Jun 18, 2017 12:48 PM
Benny!! Don't be too ambitious like Baroka coach and start crying at the end. Psl is not a child play. Anyway good luck.
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skols Jun 18, 2017 12:31 PM
Forget about the big 3 Mr McCarthy and focus rather on all psl teams as u will be beaten by fss and Baroka while ur focus is on the big 3 unless that's ur strategy to join one of them eventually
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Up and down Jun 18, 2017 12:00 PM
Let me hope that SABC will televise today's match, Portugal vs Mexico.
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Kc nation Jun 18, 2017 11:53 AM
He just want to beat these 3 teams
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pontshokeebine Jun 18, 2017 11:42 AM
Just keep your players and you will make it.
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Mtebha Jun 18, 2017 11:33 AM
I HOPE THAT YOU WON'T CONCENTRATE ON BEATING CHIEFS ,BUCS N DOWNS COZ IF YOU DO THAT YOU WILL FAIL DISMALLY ,U CANT WIN A LEAGUE BY BEATING THOSE THREE ONLY,FOOTBALL WILL HUMBLE YOU
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Five skippers Jun 18, 2017 11:32 AM
@Fransoah spot on mate

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