Benni McCarthy’s dream start to his tenure with Cape Town City has caused lots of problems for underfire Kaizer Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela.
McCarthy has won four from four since replacing Eric Tinkler in the hot-seat‚ including a pair of 1-0 victories over MTN8 and league champions BidVest Wits.
Cape Town City will face Wits again in the second leg of their MTN8 semi final in Johannesburg on Sunday.
After the MTN8 return leg, City will be tackling both Soweto giants in the league directly after.
Kaizer and Bobby Motaung have both sent warning to Komphela and his team.
”That is a must win game for Amakhosi. We have been patient enough. The fans are hurting when we drop points. Someone needs to be held responsible for unpleasant results,” said Bobby Motaung.
McCarthy says his team is benefiting from the freedom he affords them on the pitch.
And he adds that his technical team‚ which includes assistant coach Ian Taylor and goalkeeper coach Calvin Marlin‚ have also had a large part to play in their fine start to the campaign.
“We are all young guys and we are ambitious‚ our approach with the players is completely … I won’t say chillaxing‚ but we are not marshalling them with a big cane behind‚” he said.
“We give them the freedom and want them to enjoy themselves‚ but within the system we want to play.”
He said the positive atmosphere in the squad has had a large role to play in their early season success‚ and will have been heartened that even after his difficult decision to axe captain Lebogang Manyama for the first leg of their MTN8 semifinal with Wits‚ the team still put in an assured performance.
“I just want them to play with a smile on their face and then things will come‚” McCarthy said.
“There is enough quality there to match the opposition.
“Also in terms of physicality and pace of the game.
“Quality we are overloaded with‚ we just need to do the dirty work first and foremost and that’s what I think we do‚ we seem to keep teams at bay and eventually as the game progresses‚ the quality comes through.”
McCarthy’s success has been used to judge Steve Komphela and his team.