Absa Premiership

My granny would have done better - Benni

2018-02-27 22:40
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Cape Town City coach and UEFA Champions League winner Benni McCarthy said his grandmother would have done better after they wasted chances in a 2-0 league loss at Baroka on Tuesday.

It was the usual story for the visitors as they controlled possession and created a number of clearcut scoring opportunities, but failed to take any in northern city Polokwane.

"My grandmother would have converted several of those chances," said McCarthy, who was part of the Jose Mourinho-managed Porto team that won the biggest European club prize 14 years ago.

"It was such a one-sided game in which we dominated possession and played some beautiful football, but failed to put the ball in the net.

"Baroka had two scoring chances and converted both," the South Africa scoring record holder with 31 goals told reporters.

"Our finishing is good during training, but come match days it all falls apart. My players lack the desire to score and no coach can teach that."

While Cape Town were wasting good build-ups with wild shooting, Botswana-born Baroka midfielder Mpho Kgaswane gave a masterclass in clinical finishing.

A three-touch free-kick manoeuvre ended with the 28-year-old slamming the ball past goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters on 35 minutes at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Kgaswane assured Baroka of maximum points in the final minute of regular time by completing a counterattack with a sweeping shot into the net from outside the box.

The result saw Baroka and Cape Town swap positions with the former rising to sixth on goal difference. Both lie nine points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

 

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Fixtures
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Stellenbosch v Maritzburg United, Athlone Stadium 15:00
Baroka FC v Bloemfontein Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Highlands Park v AmaZulu, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs, Newlands Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:03
Wits v Stellenbosch, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Mamelodi Sundowns, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v Black Leopards, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Golden Arrows, Orlando Stadium 19:30
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