Second best not an option for Benni and CT City

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy believes his side are capable of beating SuperSport United in the MTN8 final which will be hosted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

City lost to SuperSport in the lucrative top eight competition last season in the final on penalties, though the former Bafana Bafana striking legend takes the view that overcoming the psychological hurdle is possible.

Ahead of the contest on 29 September, McCarthy told reporters: “It’s a nice site, but in 90 minutes of football it won’t be easy. Psychologically it can have its ups or downs.

“We’re playing the same team at the same stadium and we’ll probably be in the exact same dressing room because they won’t want to surrender that winning dressing room that they were in.

“It will bring new memories for the players but it might have a side effect that, ‘Sigh, we remember what it felt like coming into this dressing room, knowing that we should have won the game but ended up on the losing side’.

“So, psychologically that is something that I might have to work on with my players, how to overcome that. I think it’s a privilege for my boys to have again gone out and played exceptionally well.

“This time it is to try everything in our powers, whatever we can do to try and win it, because coming second best is not an option (this time).”