CAPE TOWN - Benni Mccarthy remembers the day Mpho Makola arrived at Orlando Pirates in 2012.
McCarthy was in his mid-thirties and in the twilight of a brilliant playing career and Makola was in his early twenties when he arrived from Free State Stars. One was a striker, the other a midfielder.
“We as strikers knew that all we had to do was make a move and Mpho would lay the ball on a platter for us,” recalls McCarthy. “Fast-forward to the present and we cross paths again, him now as a player for Cape Town City and me as the club coach. I wanted to sign him last season, it never happened.
But now I have my man. And he’s proven to be a great signing cost us nothing. When I heard Pirates didn’t want him anymore, I pounced at the opportunity to sign him up with him being a free agent. The Buccaneers’ loss is our gain.”
Makola, 33, has hit the ground running in the two full games he’s played for City in the Premiership. But McCarthy doesn’t want to rush him along as he never had a pre-season.