Sun. May 26th, 2019

Benni concedes City are “out of it” regarding PSL title challenge

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy after the Absa Premiership 2018/19 game between Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on 5 March 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePixCape Town City may still be in it mathematically, but coach Benni McCarthy says any hopes of his club claiming the PSL title this season are unrealistic.

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The 2018/19 PSL title chase might be one of the more tightly-contested in recent years, but Benni McCarthy – coach of fourth-placed Cape Town City -believes the crown will end up elsewhere other than the Mother City.

With five matches to go until the end of the season, the Citizens are only four points behind leaders Orlando Pirates, whose title charge they still have a chance to actively derail when they host them in the penultimate round of fixtures early in May.

However, following a defeat to Golden Arrows in his side’s last outing, McCarthy believes chances of a maiden league title this season have all but disappeared, despite being one of the better-placed sides on the table.

“Any coach would love to finish in first position, but the reality is that we are out of it, we can only finish between second and fourth position,” he said.

“For us now it’s just about making sure we finish the season in high spirits.”

Benni McCarthy

Should City not slip down the table come the end of the season, they will return to continental competition after missing out ahead of the current season, having made the cut after finishing third in their maiden top-flight campaign.

However, McCarthy’s comments suggest that he is not looking forward to the fixture congestion that comes with extra matchdays brought about by competing in Caf competition.

“I think for the players it would be nice to play in Africa, but we need to be honest, we don’t have the luxury of a big squad like Sundowns and Pirates, we are just a small team, we can’t handle too many games,” he said.

“You have MTN8, Telkom Knockout, Nedbank Cup and league, so with CAF it can be too much for our small team, we have to be realistic.”

Benni McCarthy

City’s next assignment is a trip to Dr Molemela Stadium, where they will be taking on Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday, 14 April. Kick off is at 15:00.

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