John Comitis, Chairman of Cape Town City (left) and coach Benni McCarthy during an event in Cape Town on Thursday. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
John Comitis, Chairman of Cape Town City (left) and coach Benni McCarthy during an event in Cape Town on Thursday. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Mtunzi Jonas (Absa), John Comitis and Benni McCarthy (Cape Town City) and John Tshabalala (Absa) during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 Woza Nazo activation on Tursday. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Mtunzi Jonas (Absa), John Comitis and Benni McCarthy (Cape Town City) and John Tshabalala (Absa) during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 Woza Nazo activation on Tursday. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy has made a promising start to his fledgeling career as a football coach, but he readily admits the reason behind his rapid progress is the space within which he is allowed to operate.

As City prepare to take on Kaizer Chiefs in a PSL fixture at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm), McCarthy paid tribute to club chairman John Comitis for creating an environment in which a coach can only flourish.

“It’s about knowing where you fit in,” said McCarthy at a press conference at the Waterfront on Thursday. “When I came here, I knew I was coming to a club with ambition; I knew they wanted to achieve. And they were willing to take a risk with me as someone who had never coached before; they had faith in me.

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“From my side, I was able to educate myself (McCarthy has a Uefa Pro Licence) and I was able to learn more about the job that I wanted to pursue after my playing career. I can assure you that the knowledge I gained has helped me a lot in many situations during my time at City.

Benni McCarthy speaks to the media in Cape Town on Thursday. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Benni McCarthy speaks to the media in Cape Town on Thursday. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

“But the important thing is that the environment I am in here at City is good. Unlike other clubs, I don’t have a chairman who is on my back all the time. I am not in a position where the coach is under pressure 24/7.”

Importantly, though, as McCarthy gears up for Chiefs, he needs his team to be more clinical in front of goal.

“Our build-ups are good,” he said. “But we have to have an end-product – we need to score more goals.”


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