Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy says Mamelodi Sundowns continue to set the benchmark in South African football after praising the club's supporters.
City's title charge took a dent after suffering a 3-2 defeat to the Brazilians, who moved to the top of the Absa Premiership in the process.
While McCarthy was disappointed with the defeat, he had some praise for the Sundowns fans in attendance at Loftus Versfeld.
“I told them to be calm a little bit because everyone was just anxious. We were second in every ball. We need to put our feet on the ball. We need to put it down and play like we can play because inasmuch as Sundowns pressed us we could get through the press but I just thought too many players were not at their best today. And in these sorts of games, you play Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns, Wits, SuperSport, you can’t have two or more players not being in the game because the opponent is extremely competitive. They require 11 players to be focused and ready to go to war. But unfortunately we didn’t have too many players who were up for it," McCarthy told SuperSport.
“We showed spirit from 3-1 down, [but] some decisions [by the referee] I don’t even want to comment because I’ll be pulled up again. Well done to coach Pitso and Sundowns, they deserve it.
"The way the fans are behind their team is remarkable. It’s something to envy from Sundowns fans, as an opponent coming here it’s so special to see how Sundowns fans support their team. They have to continue to set the benchmark in South African football."