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Citizens keen to return Chiefs ‘favour’

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“We were holding our own, Taariq then gets sent off and we lose our shape and Chiefs cashed in”

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy during the 2019 Nedbank Cup media day for Cape Town City at Hartleyvale, Cape Town on 24 January 2019 ©. Picture: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

CAPE Town City are primed and ready to take down Kaizer Chiefs.

The two PSL clubs meet tonight at FNB Stadium (7.30pm kick-off).

Fourth-placed City (27 points) are on a five-match unbeaten run and last time out in the league thumped Free State Stars 5-0, while fifth-placed Chiefs (also 27 points) have won two in a row.

City, who defeated SuperSport United 2-0 in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday, will be seeking revenge after taking a beating on home turf in September last year.

Red card

On that occasion at Cape Town Stadium City were in the game at 1-1 at half-time, but then lost fullback Taariq Fielies to a red card. Amakhosi said thanks and won 4-1.

“We were holding our own, Taariq then gets sent off and we lose our shape and Chiefs cashed in,” said City assistant coach Vasili Manousakis.

“But we’ve moved on from that and have become a far better side. You see that from our results, we’ve kicked on from the 2-0 away defeat to Highlands Park and have gone five games unbeaten winning three times and drawing two. We delivered a classy performance against Stars and picked up our biggest win in the Premiership.

“The boys were simply too good on the night and they want to continue showing what they are capable of when playing to full potential. Chiefs had us the first time round, but they can expect a tougher assignment and we feel we can do them in on their home turf.”

A win for City would put a big smile on head coach Benni McCarthy’s face.

He has yet to taste victory in this fixture from three attempts. But he has every reason to feel his charges can slay the Soweto giants who looked anything but world beaters on Sunday when edging ABC Motsepe side Tornado FC 1-0 in the Nedbank Cup, with the winner coming via an own goal in extra time.

“Yes, I’ve had three chances to beat Chiefs and no joy yet. They’re a big team and a different challenge for us, but I feel our time to tag them is now. We’ve been playing an exciting brand of football and as long as we stick to what we do best then I see no reason why we can’t come away with all the points,” McCarthy (pictured) said.

City welcome back some of their big guns and all eyes will be on Kermit Erasmus.

The former Bafana Bafana striker has recovered from a hamstring/groin strain and word has it that he is ready to score his first goal for the club. He is likely to partner Siphelele Mthembu who has scored seven league goals.

Influential defender Edmilson Dove is also back to full fitness and got some game time against SuperSport as did attacking midfielder Surprise Ralani, with both players making an impact.

McCarthy may lean on Teko Modise and Thato Mokeke as his midfield combination, both did duty against SuperSport and shone.

So Chiefs can expect wave after wave of attack, and time will tell whether they can handle it.