Cape Town - Benni McCarthy is hoping that Kwanda Mngonyama can step up and fill the void in the Cape Town City defence left by the departing Robyn Johannes.
Johannes has already played his last game for the Citizens, picking up a booking against Orlando Pirates which has led to him being suspended for their final fixture against AmaZulu.
The 31-year-old skipper is set to move up-country to play for Wits next season.
McCarthy is now pinning his hopes largely on Mngonyama, who he signed from Mamelodi Sundowns halfway through the current campaign.
“Kwanda is a fantastic player,” McCarthy said of the 24-year-old, as quoted by the IOL website.
“He is big and strong, and I guess he just wasn’t very lucky during his time at Sundowns. Because he hasn’t really played all that much, we’ve brought him along gradually.
“He obviously doesn’t have the experience of Robyn (Johannes), but he is young and will soon get up to the speed and pace of the game. He also has fresher legs and he’s a really aggressive defender.
“I think Kwanda is the perfect replacement for Robyn, and I’m excited to see how his partnership with Taariq (Fielies) goes next season. They are both big, strong lads.”