Absa Premiership

Dikwena out to tame Benni's CT City

2017-08-23 12:26
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Benni McCarthy will be eager to keep his winning run going when Cape Town City host Platinum Stars in the club's first home league game of the season at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Citizens got their campaign up and running with a 1-0 victory over Polokwane City in the MTN8 before beating 2016/17 Premiership Champions Wits 1-0 in their opening league tie. Dikwena, meanwhile, lost 2-0 at home to Maritzburg in their first game of the season.

For City, though Teko Modise could be set for his debut after recovering from a hamstring injury while striker Judas Moseamedi has only just returned to training following a knee injury, as Aubrey Ngoma remains a long-term injury casualty.

Ahead of this eagerly awaited tie, City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters explained it means little that Stars lost their first game of the season.

He said: "Well, Platinum Stars lost their previous game and we have watch that match, and we know that they might come up with a different game plan more especially since they will be playing away.

"So, we are just focusing on ourselves. We want to continue with our good form. It’s important to win matches in the early stages of the season. It won’t be easy against Platinum Stars, but we will compete.”

Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ng’ambi added: "Cape Town City are a good side and they have also made some good signings. We watched their game against Bidvest Wits. We know what to expect from them.

"They have not changed much. The core of the team remains the same. We are ready for them I think we have a good chance of getting a positive result against Cape Town City on Wednesday.”

Former Botswana boss Peter Butler, who is only overseeing his second game for the club, having taken over from Cavin Johnson knows he has a tough job on his hand to revive Stars, who finished ninth last season after a third-placed PSL finish the season before.

He recently said: "I am a players’ coach and always have been. I have developed a good relationship with players here. They have a great work ethic and they just have to start believing in themselves."

Butler has not reported any injuries ahead of the match, scheduled to kick off at 19:30.

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