Did Cape Town City pull a Zuma on Benni McCarthy?
Cape Town - Mzansi Twitter accused Cape Town City FC of having 'Jacob Zuma tendencies' after it announced shortly after midnight that it terminated the services of head coach Benni McCarthy.
Twitter had a field day as many compared the dismissal to former president Jacob Zuma's midnight cabinet reshuffles.
McCarthy, who had been with City for three seasons and is known to be a straight talker, was fired after his team's dismal performance saw them win just two matches out of their last 18.
In a four-part announcement made on Twitter around midnight on Sunday, the football club said that they have terminated the soccer icon's employment "with immediate effect following a run of performance that saw the club win 2 in the last 18 games.”
📝 | CLUB STATEMENT— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) November 3, 2019
Cape Town City Football Club has terminated the employment of coach Benni McCarthy, with immediate effect following a run of performance that saw the club win 2 in the last 18 games.
The club thanks Benni for his service over the last three seasons and wishes him well in his next endeavour. He now becomes an integral part of the club’s history and are proud of the successes we shared together.— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) November 3, 2019
The club has appointed assistant coach Vasili Manousakis as caretaker coach, as the club prepares to announce the next chapter and new Head Coach.— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) November 3, 2019
The future represents very exciting times for Cape Town City on and off the field, as we remain dedicated to our big plans and aspirations.— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) November 3, 2019
The club may have thanked Benni for his service over the last three seasons and wished him well but Tweeps were not impressed by the time of the axing.
Zuma tendencies— Aliasb200 (@aliasb200) November 4, 2019
Zuma used to shuffle at those times. pic.twitter.com/1SPJi8UK28— Humphrey Sepeng (@Humphrreyy) November 4, 2019
Jacob Zuma made that fashionable..— Poetical Prophet (@Ceego_Soulchild) November 4, 2019
Cape Town City FC and previous Jacob Zuma's cabinet are the same WhatsApp group, they terminate Benni's contract at midnight pic.twitter.com/FnVU448YaV— Mapiti (@Mapiti31) November 4, 2019
Zuma did it with honourable ministers— TB Maraks (@BennyMarakalala) November 4, 2019
Someone once advised Zuma to reshuffle his cabinet at night because the 'Rand is sleeping'— Mokgaga (@katlegovic) November 4, 2019
Who advised Cape Town City to fire Benni at midnight🙆🏾♂️ https://t.co/Xczhc0O3SE
Jacob Zuma tendencies.you could have waited for 10:00AM to do this 🤷🏿♂️ https://t.co/xwRHIdQ3Kp— Nduna Ye Nkosi (@Siboniso_SHS) November 4, 2019