Ayanda Patosi

Ayanda Patosi with Cape Town City in 2019. BackpagePix

Patosi reveals how no-nonsense McCarthy got the best out of him

Ayanda Patosi has revealed how former coach Benni McCarthy’s leadership style sparked massive changes in his attitude towards soccer.

Ayanda Patosi

Ayanda Patosi with Cape Town City in 2019. BackpagePix

Bafana Bafana attacking midfielder Ayanda Patosi has opened up about his relationship with former head coach Benni McCarthy.

Patosi has revealed how the robust nature of Benni McCarthy changed his attitude from being ‘on holiday’ in Cape Town to becoming one of the hardest working players at Cape Town City FC.

Patosi, who remains on the books of Cape Town City, is currently out on loan at Iranian top flight side FC Foolad after two highly successful Premier Soccer League campaigns at the Citizens.

‘I thought I was on holiday’ – Patosi

“At the beginning I was not a friend of his and I didn’t work well with him.” Patosi told the SAFJA via a virtual press conference.

“Before that I knew Benni from Belgium when he was an assistant-coach there. So we came together at Cape Town City‚ and I thought everything would be fine‚ and on my side I also thought the PSL would be easy.

“So I didn’t do as much as I should‚ I didn’t work that much to give him the confidence that‚ ‘OK‚ I have a player‚ I can trust that he’s going to win games for me’. I did my own things on the side and started to not focus on football‚ started being with friends.”

McCarthy doesn’t take nonsense

Patosi made 46 appearances under McCarthy in which he found the back of the net on 11 occasions while contributing with a further nine assists before earning a move abroad. He has since revealed the recipe behind his success under McCarthy.

“He’s a coach who doesn’t give a sh*t if you are a star‚ or a big player or anything. He treats everyone in the dressing room the same.”

“And if you’re making wrong things he’s going to tell you sh*t. Everyone in the dressing room. So we knew that off the field he’s nice – top guy‚ top person. But when we get to the dressing room it’s a different story.

“It doesn’t matter if you are Ayanda Patosi‚ or Teko Modise – if a young player comes and works hard Benni doesn’t care‚ he will put that player and put you on the bench. It was one of the things that pushed the guys. And I think it worked for me.”

FC Foolad currently sit in sixth position on the Iranian Pro League standings with 4 games to go. Patosi returned to Iran two weeks ago after spending majority of the lockdown period stuck in South Africa due to the travel restrictions.