Cape Town City head coach, Benni McCarthy says that Thamsanqa Mkhize’s performance on Tuesday evening was the result of a negative effect on the player after national duty with Bafana Bafana.
Mkhize received a call-up to Head Coach Stuart Baxter’s setup in the country’s three previous 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounters, where the South African national team failed to qualify for the prestigious competition.
Following the international break, the 29-year-old right back returned to club duty for the Mother City-based outfit, however, McCarthy was not pleased with the player’s performance in the Absa Premiership this week, saying that the situation at Bafana has taken a toll on the player’s form.
“Thami, (was) massively affected by Bafana, the story of our lives. Aubrey (Ngoma) goes, he comes back and he is injured. Moseamedi goes, he is injured, Mkhize goes and he starts playing awful you know,” McCarthy said after their 1-1 draw against Baroka FC at the Cape Town Stadium.
“Today (Tuesday) he was absolutely terrible, very poor standards, worked hard but not good enough and I think players like that you expect because he gives you every single game, you know what you are going to get from him and then you are shocked after he comes back from national duties.
“It could be loads of things, (fatigue), (and) training twice when you are on the national team. I don’t want to make excuses but I think as professional players, we got to be more consistent. I think Bafana did affect Mkhize a lot,” he concluded.