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McCarthy miffed by lack of effort


Benni McCarthy is set to wield the axe after his Cape Town City team were held to a 3-3 by SuperSport United.

BENNI McCarthy is set to wield the axe after his Cape Town City team were held to a 3-3 Absa Premiership away draw by SuperSport United on Saturday night.

Twice City had the lead in the game at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit and surrendered it, before regaining it only for yet another defensive error came back to bite the Citizens, leaving McCarthy miffed again with the lack of effort from some of his players.

“We come to play at a beautiful stadium and we perform poorly and for that, I say sorry to the fans who pitched up,” he said. “My boys have been given an opportunity to represent the club and what we see is some of them not caring too much about the way they go about their business.

“Now I wish I could put on boxing gloves and sort them out, but that’s not allowed, so I will fix things another way because I’ve had enough.

“I have no problem dropping the under-performers who think their places are safe because of all the injuries we have to contend with. I can always opt for players from our Diski team.

“I would rather go into battle with these young players who would give and arm and a leg to be part of the action, and if were to end up on the losing end, I wouldn’t have reason to complain.”

Defenders Keanu Cupido and Abbubaker Mobara could be first to feel their coach’s wrath, both were all over the place costing their side two goals.

Cupido kicked fresh air trying to clear the ball and gift striker Bradley Grobler his fifth goal of the campaign to draw the sides level at 2-2 in the 23rd minute. Mobara was then turned by marksman Thamsanqua Gabuza who made it 3-3 in the 65th minute. Edmilson Dove didn’t cover himself in glory operating as the left wingback, nor did the men tasked with lending support to backs.

City did push hard for what would have been their second win of the campaign with captain Thami Mkhize sending a header over the crossbar from close range and Surprise Ralani firing straight at goalkeeper Ronwen Williams with five minutes to play.

But in the end, another draw that is now City’s third to go with one win and one defeat, which drops them down a place to ninth on the table on six points, four adrift of pace-setters Kaizer Chiefs, who saw their unbeaten run ended in a 1-0 home defeat to second-placed Polokwane City.