Cape Town - Cape Town City goalkeeper Sage Stephens believes coach Benni McCarthy and veteran Shu-Aib Walters are a major reason behind his good form for the Citizens.
The 26-year-old has taken control of the number one jersey with the Mother City-based outfit after Walters dominated the position in the early months of the season.
Prior to his breakthrough with the Citizens, Stephens spent two low-key years with AmaZulu then in the National First Division, and before that he was with Moroka Swallows for six years.
Nonetheless, he has come to prominence for City after a number of fine displays. Speaking to reporters, he said: "Coach (Benni McCarthy) has shown a lot of faith in me‚ all the performances and clean-sheets I have kept.
"He has given me a chance to prove I can play consistently every game. If you put in the work at training‚ you get a chance. He is fair."
The keeper added of his relationship with Walters, "We have had a good relationship from the start. He has shown me the ropes and I have a lot to learn from a keeper like Shu-Aib‚ who was involved with the national team just last season. "There is stiff competition‚ when it comes to work we are enemies because we are fighting for one position‚ but when we come off the field we are friends."