Head Coach Benni McCarthy has explained his reasoning for substituting Ayanda Patosi after just 39 minutes on the field.
Cape Town City progressed through to the next round of the Nedbank Cup competition after claiming a 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits, this with Head Coach McCarthy having to make several changes to his starting line-up.
After playing 45-minutes against Mamelodi Sundowns this week, McCarthy once again opted to start with Patosi, in place of the injured Thabo Nodada, however, substituted the 25-year-old in the early stages, stating that he was not satisfied with what he was getting from Patosi in the encounter.
“Yes, it was tactical because I wanted something different. I wanted to them to get on the ball and let us play because having Teko in there, we know that Teko is a ballplayer but Teko can also graft. Putsche is more of a grafter than a ballplayer but his ability is coming,” McCarthy told the media after the game.
“Patosi is the one that should be making us click and he was the one who was giving the balls away every time and I think the wet pitch, the wet shirt, it was just all mounting on the weight and he wasn’t giving me what I was expecting from him and then I thought, I’ve got to change it before we go level.
“We had our exchange of words, no one is happy. Me neither, I would have kicked off massively, but I would have probably knocked my head against the wall if I played s**t, if I know I deserved to come off after 20 minutes then I can’t really fault the coach or the teammates. So, if you are a good professional and you know your ability and you know the level that you should be and you are not giving that then you can’t really fight,” he added.