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City Head Coach Proud Of Bafana Debutant

Cape Town City Head Coach Proud Of Bafana Bafana Debutant

By Soccer Laduma - Oct 12, 2017 06:49 PM

Benni McCarthy says that his Cape Town City defender Thamsanqa Mkhize has sent out strong signals to right backs in the country looking to don the Bafana Bafana jersey. 

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The 29-year-old received his first Bafana call-up to Head Coach Stuart Baxter’s squad against Burkina Faso last weekend, October 07 where he played the full encounter, making his debut for the South African national team.

Speaking to the media, McCarthy spoke highly of Mkhize’s performances in the famous green and gold and hopes that the Bafana coaching staff are aware of the player’s talent. 

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“He sent out strong signals to any right back in the country that they have to come and take him out of that position and it has been a long time coming, he’s played remarkably from last season, he was very good and I think this season he just took it up a few notches, he’s just all around fantastic and unbelievable player to manage, very disciplined, very self-motivated, doesn’t need me to motivate him,” McCarthy said yesterday, October 11.

“He knows what he wants and I think he’s an unbelievable example to most players to want to improve, when you see his story you just crumble and hit rock bottom but he just soldiered on and deserved his call-up and hopefully now that coach Stuart and coaching staff realise and see what they have in this kind of player and what an example he is to most South African players, that is how hungry you must be to take the opportunity,” he added. 


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Maloh11 Joined: 10 Apr 2017
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Maloh11 Oct 13, 2017 09:13 AM
Hard work really pays off
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Maloh11 Oct 13, 2017 09:11 AM
Good Mkhize
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Melucy Khosiboy khb Oct 13, 2017 08:58 AM
I wish Benni can teach Mr Kompela on how to win games , and reach finals of domestic cups................all best to Benni and the citizens fc
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Tom Po KeCanon Oct 13, 2017 08:15 AM
Bennie i wish you end up as deputy champion. You win will be bad for seasoned trophy less coaches. hhayi kabi
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MZWANDI SILENT Oct 13, 2017 07:33 AM
uyadlala ukhabazela
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Matt93 Oct 13, 2017 07:24 AM
Pirates signed him and let him go still.
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McCokhoba Oct 13, 2017 06:55 AM
Mdala buza u Muhsin
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musah005 Oct 13, 2017 06:27 AM
Ok cool coach
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Dangerous when provoked Oct 13, 2017 05:33 AM
@iDunu yeah you are quite right my man. It was once revealed that some coaches charge a certain fee for a player to be in a starting line up. I read the gist of your comment with interest.
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Dangerous when provoked Oct 13, 2017 05:25 AM
We need to look again into our developement policy. He is 29 yrs old. Where was he from 17yrs up until now. There is a lot of talent which needs to be found in all corners of our Country. When are we going to implement recommendations by top previous coaches regarding development in our Country??
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Diski Legend Oct 13, 2017 04:53 AM
Yeah, he is a good player but we need Grant Kekana against Senegal
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NA Danti@Dutywa Oct 12, 2017 11:20 PM
He is a good player indeed
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Yongx Oct 12, 2017 09:22 PM
Ewe neh
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Yongx Oct 12, 2017 09:22 PM
Ewe neh
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zinho_mao1st Oct 12, 2017 08:20 PM
He makes football look simple but entertaining..... Rated him 7 and was debut
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iDunu Oct 12, 2017 07:12 PM
It is not every day that a coach publicly announces a player is the best in a certain position, in spite of the fact that that very same player barely makes the matchday squad. But that's what happened recently when Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane labelled Asavela Mbekile as the best right-back in the country. This came as a shock to some members of the football community, considering that the versatile player, he can play defensive midfield as well, has been sparingly used by Mosimane since his acquisition of right-wing back Thapelo Morena from Bloemfontein Celtic during last year's transfer window. Mbekile only made 17 appearances fo Sundownst season, with most of his appearances (nine games) coming during Sundowns’ triumphant season in the Caf Champions League. To compound the confusion, this season the Cape Town-born footballer is yet to make a single appearance for the Brazilians. Mbekile took some time out to reply to his coach’s remarks and in the process dished out some special praise for Morena. “It’s always nice to hear such words coming from the coach. He’s been around and he’s worked with so many players. I just have to be patient because Morena has been doing well and we can’t change a team just because of one person. When the team is doing well, then they have to stick with that. I am just waiting for my time and when I get it, I’ll make sure that I do well,” said Mbekile. Answering Mosimane’s claims that he’s not playing because he prefers a midfield role over right-back, Mbekile said: “We never really spoke about that but I think it’s something that he picked up. I don’t know, I never went to him and told him that I don’t want to play at right-back. I am always ready to play; it doesn’t matter whether it’s right-back or midfield. He has the best interest of the team. If he thinks I can do well at right-back, I just have to accept it and play.” But not only does Mbekile face competition from Morena at right-back, there’s also the experienced duo of Anele Ngcongca and Siyanda Zwane, who are fighting to get a starting nod from Mosimane. “Actually Morena and I are best friends," explained Mbekile, "We stay close to each other and we talk a lot. Zwane is a nice guy, we get along. I think at Sundowns everyone gets along, we have that culture where we support each other. Whoever is playing, we support him. We get along fine, we support Morena when he is playing and we expect the same (support) from him (when we play)."
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nkhume119@gmail.com Oct 12, 2017 07:10 PM
this guy is good keep it up poy u did well thanks keep it up again

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