DURBAN – Benni McCarthy was still in the colours of Orlando Pirates as a player when the team last defended the MTN8 crown.
The Cape Town City boss will now be on a mission to become the first manager in the history of the MTN8 competition to win the Cup back-to-back.
McCarthy captured his maiden urn last season when he swept past SuperSport United on penalties to be crowned champions.
It was jubilation for McCarthy in only his second season at the helm.
In his debut season, McCarthy reached the final but unfortunately succumbed to a defeat on penalties against the same SuperSport team as they denied him a dream debut as a coach in the elite league.