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Benni: He Doesn’t Look Like He Came From Amateur Football

Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy revealed that Craig Martin will get a place in his starting line-up ahead of most of the players in the squad.

The 24-year-old, who came from amateur football in Kensington in the Cape Town, was signed by City in July this year, putting pen to paper on his first professional Premier Soccer League contract.

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The winger scored his first goal for City in an Absa Premiership encounter against Baroka FC at the Cape Town Stadium.

Speaking at a post-match press conference, Head Coach McCarthy revealed that despite his lack of PSL experience, Martin has already cemented his spot in his squad, ahead of many of his first team players.

“I think he has cemented his place. Not just for me, but every single one that watches football. When you watch Cape Town City then you think he doesn’t look like a boy that has just come from amateur football,” McCarthy told the media. 

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“He looks like he’s played in the PSL for longer than what he has. He is fearless and technically I think he is very good. Still inexperienced, he makes a lot of mistakes, (but) he makes a lot of good things that help the team go forward, create a lot of chances, gets himself into dangerous areas. 

“He got his first goal today, could have had a brace. But, those are the kind of performances when you get an opportunity to play and then you are fearless and you grab it with both hands and you tell the other players that they have to fight to get him out of the team and he is one of those players now. I am honest and everybody knows in that dressing room how I am, what he gives me in training, he plays ahead of all of them,” he concluded.  

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