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Benni: Players Look At You Like King Kong

Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy has shared what the most challenging thing he has come up against during his first season as a head coach.

Chairman John Comitis gave McCarthy his first break at professional coaching after appointing him at the helm of the team last year. 

McCarthy managed to take the Mother City-based side all the way to the final of the MTN8 competition, while also challenging for the league in the most part of the season.   

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However, the 40-year-old has admitted that he has faced many challenges during his first coaching stint, adding that his biggest hurdle is trying to deal with the personalities of players. 

“Dealing with players personalities I think, because you’ve got so many and the thing that you find the hardest is that you can't please everyone, as nice as you are trying to be with players and as much as you are trying to satisfy and making players happy and comfortable, at the end of the day you’ve got a squad of 26 and you can only play 11 of them. The 12, the 13th man, that’s not in that 11, he is going to look at you like King Kong - I am just waiting for him to fail,” McCarthy told the media.

“So it’s that, it’s trying to keep everyone happy at the same time has been the hardest. At times you make mistakes because you try and do what you see and you can’t see everything and maybe a once or twice occasion you let a player get away with not having the best of games, but he finds himself still in the starting line-up and you find players who aren’t happy with that. So yeah it is dealing with that and learning how to manage it and not have players drifting apart,” he added. 


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