Absa Premiership

A Wits treble for Benni’s City?

2017-09-10 06:06
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy has already taken the PSL by storm after his first four games as coach. The former Bafana Bafana striker has guided Cape Town City to victories over Polokwane City and Platinum Stars, and has beaten Bidvest Wits twice.

City are second on the log standing on six points, and McCarthy has taken to coaching much as he took being in front of goals.

Today, Benni has a chance of making it a treble over Wits when he leads his side in the MTN8 second leg at Bidvest Stadium.

Having already claimed Wits’ scalp at the same stadium in a league game three weeks ago, City will approach the game buoyantly, knowing they have already beat Wits there.

They take a narrow 1-0 lead to the second leg and will want to kill the game as a contest with an early goal.

Interestingly, the two teams met in the same stage of the same tournament last season, and the Students went on to lift the trophy. They had won the first leg 3-0 at home and played to a goalless draw away in Cape Town. But the roles have been reversed this time around as City are in the advantageous position.

Despite having already lost at home to the Citizens, the Clever Boys are always dangerous at their home ground, which is deemed small by many. They will be hoping to use it to their advantage as they know it is their last chance in the tournament if they are to defend it.

Wits need to score two goals to turn the game around. However, an away goal for the visiting City will change the complexion of the game as it would mean the Students would have to score three or more. This should be their aim – an away goal – and McCarthy will be on his way to his maiden cup final.

Wits coach Gavin Hunt has a sufficient arsenal at his disposal to shoot down City and book their place in the final.

He will be boosted by the availability of Mozambique international Elias Pelembe, who missed the first leg due to illness.

This promises to be a closely fought contest as the two coaches have assembled some of the best talent in the country.

Ayanda Patosi, who has scored two goals in as many games, will be City’s danger man, while Wits will put their faith in Daylon Claasen.

Read more on:    cape town city  |  wits  |  mtn 8  |  benni mccarthy  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Maritzburg United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
SuperSport United v Free State Stars, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Cape Town City FC, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Wits, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v AmaZulu FC, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 28 April 2018
Wits v AmaZulu FC, Bidvest Stadium 15:00
Cape Town City FC v Orlando Pirates, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, FNB Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Polokwane City, Goble Park 15:00
Mamelodi Sundowns v Ajax Cape Town, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Golden Arrows v Platinum Stars, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Sisa Dukashe Stadium 15:00
Saturday, 12 May 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 15:00
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 15:00
Maritzburg United v Golden Arrows, Harry Gwala Stadium 15:00
AmaZulu FC v Cape Town City FC, King Zwelithini Stadium 15:00
SuperSport United v Baroka FC, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Polokwane City v Chippa United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Orlando Pirates v Free State Stars, Orlando Stadium 15:00
Platinum Stars v Wits, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.