Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy feels he is still one or
two signings short and singled out the centre-back position as a 'worry'.
City have been rocked by the news that first-choice central
defender Taariq Fielies has been ruled out for the next few months after having
his appendix removed.
To make matters worse, Ivorian centre-back Kouadja Kouassi
is still some way off from making his return, which leaves Keanu Cupido as the
only recognised centre-back in the squad, something which McCarthy admits is
making him sweat.
“I could still do with another one or two more players, I
don’t want to be too greedy but at centre-back it is a worry,” he noted.
“[Kouadja] Kuassi is not that [far from returning] but he’s
still away. Fielies will still be out for another couple of months, after
having his appendix removed with complications, so it will take time.
“The only recognised centre-back I have then is [Keanu]
Cupido, and it becomes a worry because in midfield we’re covered. [Groeneveld]
isn’t tried and tested, so you can’t go into a tough season [without
experienced campaigners or back-up].”
The other option in the position is Belgian under-21
international Keith Groeneveld, whom City signed from Standard Liege in April,
but he is still only 19 and vastly inexperienced.