South-Africa

Benni going all out for Confederations Cup trophy

2018-03-07 13:11
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says he has every intention of trying to win the CAF Confederations Cup despite some concerns it may affect domestic form in the Absa Premiership.

SuperSport United have endured a slump in the league largely thought to be because of exertions in reaching the CCC final in 2017, where they lost to TP Mazembe.

United have been drawn into a relegation battle and recently parted ways with coach Eric Tinkler as a result. However, McCarthy is not worried about Matsatsantsa's fortunes and says his team will play to win the tournament. 

He said: "SuperSport, with their investments and that, were expected to go and win, whereas we're not expected to, I've been told, 'if it's gone, it's gone'. 

"But for me, I can't start my coaching career off like that, where I can make priorities of which competitions comes first or second. 

"Tomorrow I'm out the door, so then maybe going all the way in CAF could be the best chance I get of winning a cup instead of the Nedbank or the league.

"For me it’s an opportunity, a cup there for me to win, so I’m going to go for it, irrespective if the chairperson says it’s time to bow out. If he wants that, he must get a coach for that. Me, I'm going for it."

McCarthy will not be on the bench for Wednesday's clash first round clash with Mozambique's Costa do Sol, as he is currently in Europe to complete his Uefa Pro Licence course. The action gets underway from 19:00 at Estádio Nacional do Zimpeto in Maputo. 

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