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City players must have their heads in the game this time around


City were humiliated at the hands of former coach Benni McCarthy in PSL action in April and cannot afford for that to happen again.

Hugo Marques of Cape Town City during the Cape Town City training session at Hartleyvale on 12 August 2021. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky, BackpagePix

AFTER a 5-1 hammering the last time they faced off, Cape Town City boss Eric Tinkler has told his manne to set the record straight when they go to Benni McCarthy’s AmaZulu on Sunday.

City were humiliated at the hands of former coach McCarthy in PSL action in April.

The post-match controversy of City players embracing McCarthy marked the beginning of the end of his successor Jan Olde Riekerink’s time in charge in Cape Town.

And Tinkler says his players have to get their heads in the game for this weekend’s MTN8 quarter-final encounter.

Asked about his players’ mentality ahead of the clash, he says: “I think it might still be in the back of the mind. But for the right reasons.

“It should be in the back of their minds and they should go out and set the record straight.

“That should be the objective.”

Tinkler will be hoping to get experienced new goalkeeper Hugo Marques a work permit in time to face AmaZulu after his arrival yesterday.

The Portuguese-Angolan shot-stopper has been brought in with Darren Keet ruled out for six months with a thigh muscle tear.

City signed former Bafana Bafana No. 1 Keet during the off-season from Cape Umoya to off-set the loss of Peter Leeuwenburgh at the end of last season. But with Keet now on the long-term injured list, City have secured the services of Marques in addition to Bongani Mpandle who also joined the Citizens recently.

City have further injury concerns with SA Under-23 international Fagrie Lakay also ruled out of Sunday’s trip to KwaZulu-Natal.

Lakay, who also missed the recent Tokyo Olympics adventure with AmaGlug-Glug, is suffering from a sports hernia injury and faces a possible two-month spell on the sidelines.

Other MTN8 fixtures

Tomorrow (3pm): Golden Arrows vs SuperSport United, (6pm): Orlando Pirates vs Swallows

Sunday (3pm): Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs

Additional reporting by Zaahier Adams

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