CAPE TOWN – Benni McCarthy likened Cape Town City to a grenade last season. The Cape Town City coach, who was a rabble-rouser in his previous life as Uefa Champions League-winning striker, said this with a huge grin.
He enjoyed the role the Citizens would play in deciding where the league title would go with their final stretch in the Absa Premiership putting City against the teams that were fighting for the league while the Cape side were also in with a shout.
They dropped out of the race but derailed Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and ultimately Orlando Pirates whose 2-2 draw in the Mother City meant that Bucs went into the last game with their fate not completely in their hands.
“We play to win! It’s painful when you lose,” McCarthy said. “As much as it was expected for Sundowns to run us down, but for us in the dressing room it was painful (when we lost to them in Pretoria). We back ourselves against anybody.
We like to take the hand grenade, pull the pin out and throw it in that mob there (fighting for the Absa Premiership). We then see what happens, who blames who. Like I said, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We beat an exceptional strong Wits team, a team that can still go on and win the league because they have crazy depth. For us to show that fighting spirit is good.”