Benni McCarthy

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

MTN8 final: Benni McCarthy wary that defeat could threaten his job

Cape Town City coach, Benni McCarthy says he fears that his club chairman will not be overly impressed should he fail to win the MTN8 final for the second year running.

Benni McCarthy

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

Just weeks after taking up the Cape Town City head coach post, Benni McCarthy found himself contesting his first cup final, as his charges took on Supersport United in last year’s edition of the competition.

On that occasion, the Bafana legend found himself on the losing side, and can be forgiven for being extra determined to clinch the title as the two sides meet for the second consecutive time in the same stage of the tournament on Saturday night.

Despite a good cup run, City have endured an indifferent start to the season this time around, and currently sit at the bottom half of the league table.

MTN8 final: It’s now or never for Benni

McCarthy is quoted by EWN saying there is a lot more at stake this time around, as he is in his second season on the job.

“The first one (final), I was only a month into coaching. So, I had no chance of getting fired if I lost. Now, I’m steady, I have stability… there is a chance the chairman aims a shotgun at me if we don’t get over the line this time.”

After finishing regulation time with a man down in the 2017 MTN8 final, Supersport took the game to penalties where they triumphed to grab the title and the R8 million prize money.

McCarthy says he did not anticipate that his charges would be as inept when it came to penalties on that occasion.

“I was fearless then because I’ve never been in that situation. Now that I am, I’ve been in that situation and I’m a year in the job. I’m a bit more cautious and I’m a bit wary. Then I thought that we had a good enough team to go and win it and I was confident that we will win it. I didn’t think that we would suck at penalties.

“I’ve grown, I’ve learned and improved, and my team’s grown very much also. They are very mature, and I think we’re in a better situation than we were last season.”

The game at Moses Mabhida Stadium kicks off at 19:00 (SAST), and will be broadcast live on Supersport 4 (SS4).