Absa Premiership

Benni admits mistakes in MTN8 final loss

2017-10-16 17:45
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy admits that he made mistakes in team selection and substitutions during their MTN8 final defeat to SuperSport United.

The 39-year-old was questioned as to why he left out Ayanda Patosi in the build up to the contest, instead opting for the experienced Teko Modise with Sibusiso Masina and Lyle Lakay on the wings.

However, in the 66th minute he took off the influential Modise for Roland Putsche, and McCarthy revealed after the penalty shoot-out defeat that this was a mistake.

"I think as a coach that is one of the decisions and one of the faults that you have to take," the Bafana Bafana legend told reporters.

"I think we tried to also equally match them, and I took Teko Modise off where I should have brought in Patosi. I accept that maybe, inexperience kicked in or the excitement, when you saw that it is closer to the 90 minutes and you're winning.

"Let's just close the midfield, close the back and then maybe you can hold on and win it.

"I also got a little bit carried away and then I brought on Putsche, where I should have brought on Patosi because they were clearly on the back foot. And, you saw the damage Teko was doing.

"So, yeah, I accept maybe not the right substitutions at that moment in time."

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