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Benni Explains Substituting Patosi Before Half Time

Head Coach Benni McCarthy has explained his reasoning for substituting Ayanda Patosi after just 39 minutes on the field.

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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. 

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“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.  

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