Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says he wants to hammer
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt every time the teams face each other as a sign of
respect to his former mentor.
The Citizens made it four wins in a row against the Clever
Boys in 2017/18 after Wednesday's Nedbank Cup last-32 victory in Johannesburg.
Hunt and McCarthy have a long relationship stretching back
to when the retired Bafana Bafana star made his professional debut for Seven
Stars in 1995.
As such, City's boss says he shows respect to the man who
gave him his chance in the pro ranks by trying to give him a hiding when the
two clubs meet.
He said: "It's not a hoodoo thing or getting something
over ‘Coachie’ (Hunt). He's most admired by me because he was my first coach.
He was the guy who really believed in me.
"As a 17-year-old kid he could have said what all the
other coaches said – ‘You’re too young‚ you’re too skinny. Your time will come
– wait until you’re 25 and then you’ll be young enough to get the chance’.
“He threw me in at the deep end‚ knowing what I was capable
of. And he forced the club to let me go to Europe‚ and not sign for the ‘big
three’ in South Africa. So of course I have to respect him. He gave me a life
“So now‚ as a newly-formed coach‚ meeting somebody that I
look up to‚ as much as I’ve got my own philosophy‚ I want to follow in those
"So what motivates me is to whip him every time I come
up against him. And that's how I repay him my respect. Because if I was to lose
what respect am I going to get then?"