MTN 8 News 13.10.2017 10:04 am

Benni convinced he has winning formula

Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City FC. (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City FC. (Chris Ricco/BackpagePix)

It might be his first cup final as a coach, but Benni McCarthy already has a formula that he hopes will win him the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban tomorrow night.

And finding fault with his thinking is difficult considering what he achieved as a player. He remains the only player from southern Africa to win the Uefa Champions League, a feat he achieved with FC Porto. He also has a host of medals, including the ones from his treble- winning streak with Orlando Pirates, just before his retirement from playing.

“Effort and heart,” said McCarthy, when asked what he thought takes to win a cup final this week as he prepared his team for a titanic battle for the R8 million prize money against SuperSport United.

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McCarthy said he has been telling his players that the team who makes the least mistakes on the night will likely be crowned champions.

“We trained hard and tried not to think too much about the final,” said McCarthy. “In the end we have to continue with what we do. Play well and work as hard as we can and not make it easy for the opposition.

Without giving much away, the former Bafana Bafana striker said he had done his homework and he knows they have a fight on their hands.

“They are disciplined. Eric’s organisation is very good. That makes them difficult. But we have played teams who were as good or even better. We learnt from the Wits games because they are almost similar. If we are as focused as we were against Wits we will be fine,” he added.

McCarthy has lost just twice in nine games, with the blemish in his record being league defeats to Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. He said all his players have been buzzing at training and he now has the hard task of selecting the match-day squad and the starting team.

READ: City players to share half of MTN 8 final cash prize

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fixtures

Wits vs Polokwane
Ajax CT vs Baroka FC
Celtic vs Chippa Utd
Arrows vs Chiefs

results

Sundowns 1-0 Arrows
Chippa 1-1 Ajax
Baroka FC 0-2 Maritzburg
Chiefs 1-0 Plat Stars

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Mamelodi Sundowns 27 55
2 Orlando Pirates 27 49
3 Maritzburg United 27 42
4 Kaizer Chiefs 27 42
5 Free State Stars 27 39
6 Cape Town City 27 36
7 Chippa United 27 34
8 Bloem Celtic 27 34
9 Baroka FC 27 33
10 Bidvest Wits 26 32
11 AmaZulu 27 32
12 Golden Arrows 27 31
13 Polokwane City 26 30
14 SuperSport United 27 29
15 Ajax Cape Town 27 28
16 Platinum Stars 27 21

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