Cape Town City boss John Comitis believes that his club’s weekend clash against Kaizer Chiefs would decide whether or not the Citizens are truly title contenders.
The Mother City-based outfit are currently seven points adrift of log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, level on points with their opponents, and defeat for either side could potentially see them fall by the way side in the running for the league title.
“If we are to continue to challenge for the title, then this is the game,” Comitis said on Cape Times.
“I’ve already had a meeting with Benni (McCarthy, head coach), and we know this is the last roll of the dice - if we win here, it puts the other teams under pressure. And you know what pressure does to teams; you saw how Sundowns struggled against NFD side Cape Town All Stars last week. So this is it, we are going all out; this is a game we simply cannot afford to lose,” he added.
Meanwhile, City will be relying on a former Amakhosi forward to offer some respite to coach Benni McCarthy's goal scoring woes. City recently signed Matthew Rusike, who has already opened his account in the Nedbank Cup win against Bidvest Wits, and Comitis believes that the Zimbabwe international could be the answer to their troubles.
“When we signed Kenyan striker Masoud Juma, we were satisfied that we had enough up front,” Comitis explained.
“But then his injury, which we knew about, turned out to be more extensive than we first realised. And, when he returns, we will have to bring him along slowly. So we sat down and decided that we needed to get a quick fix, someone who could come in and quickly grow in to the team. It came to our attention that Matthew Rusike was negotiating to leave his club in Tunisia and we jumped at the opportunity to bring him to the club,” he revealed.
“Rusike is a positive footballer, who always puts the opposition under pressure; he makes good runs and has a lot to offer as a player and a team man. We’ve got him on a one-and-a-half-year contract with an option to renew - and, based on what he has done so far, on and off the field, I think he’s going to be with us for longer than that. Between Rusike and Juma, when he comes back, we have great competition up front, and it solves our scoring problems,” he concluded.