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Benni out to break hoodoo


That victory came in the second round of the league when Amakhosi’s Virgil Vries committed a blunder and gifted McCarthy his first win against Chiefs

ONGOING RIVALRY: Siphelele Ntshangase of Kaizer Chiefs (right) is tackled by Thato Mokeke of Cape Town City during their PSL match at FNB Stadium in January. Picture: Samuel Shivambu BackpagePix

BENNI McCarthy will be out to improve his record against his bogey side on Sunday when Cape Town City takes on Kaizer Chiefs at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit at 3pm in the Nedbank Cup quarter-final.

McCarthy is gunning for an unprecedented treble in his second season as the head coach. So far this season he has already delivered the MTN8 crown for the Cape Town-based side, and his team is still strong contenders for the League title; and, if things go their way on Sunday, the Nedbank Cup.

Since taking the reins at Cape Town City McCarthy has really struggled against Amakhosi. He has faced the cup kings of South African football on four occasions and has suffered three defeats while registering only one victory.

That victory came in the second round of the league when Amakhosi’s Virgil Vries committed a blunder and gifted McCarthy his first win against Chiefs.

On Sunday McCarthy will be hoping to make it two out of five fully aware that last season he succumbed to two defeats to Chiefs in the league.

A victory in the knock-out competition, however, will take McCarthy a step closer to another cup final. He has guided City into two finals so far in his tenure. They were both in the MTN8 and both at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

He lost his debut final appearance as a coach against SuperSport United in 2017 but came back with a bang to inflict revenge against the same side at the same venue in the same competition last year marking his maiden triumph in his coaching career.

Chiefs, for their part, will be hoping that their good run against the Citizens will continue as they aim to end their barren run in cup competitions.

Amakhosi are going through their longest trophy drought. They haven’t tasted success in four years now. The last time they managed to put a smile in their supporters’ faces was back in 2015 when Stuart Baxter was still at the helm. The incumbent Bafana coach won a double in his last season with the club capturing the league and the MTN8 title.

Under the tutelage of Steve Komphela, they reached two cup finals but ended up as the silver medalists. There’s no doubt that they are hungry to end that run and reclaim their status as the cup kings of Mzansi’s football.

For this reason, the Citizens know that they will have to be at their best to dump Amakhosi out of the competition.

The likes of Kermit Erasmus, Siphelele Mthembu and Peter Leeuwenburg are expected to play a pivotal role for the Citizens; but Khama Billiat, Daniel Cardoso and Leonardo Castro will have a huge say for the opposition.

If there’s one thing you can be sure of, it is that soccer fans can expect fireworks when these teams meet at Mbombela on Sunday. It is sure to be a blockbuster encounter with only one team advancing into the last four of the competition.

Who will be? Only time will tell.