Is Benni Thinking Of Using New City Signing Against Pirates

Benni McCarthy is unveiled as the new head coach of Cape Town City FC during the Cape Town City FC new Coach Announcement at Radisson Blu, Cape Town on 13 June 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Coach Benni McCarthy says he is “95 percent” sure of his team choice for Wednesday night’s Nedbank Cup last-16 tie against Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium (7.30pm kickoff).

There are only two issues he is still needs to make an approach – the wellness of enterprising midfielder Thabo Nodada, and settling on whether this is the correct time to blood Masoud Juma, the Kenyan striker marked by the Citizens amid the January exchange window.

“Thabo (Nodada) is in doubt,” said McCarthy. “He was struggling with an injury and I’m not sure how well he has recovered. I’ll have a look at him at training.

“He’s the type of player that I will always have in my squad, just because of how he applies himself. He leaves everything on the pitch and I love his attitude, on and off the field.

“But I will have to see how he goes at training before deciding whether to play him against Pirates.

“Juma is ready, he is back from injury,” added the former Bafana Bafana striker. “He might make the squad against Pirates.

“He’s looking good at training, though he probably still lacks a bit of match fitness.

“I would like to give him a run against Pirates, so that I can get an idea of what we have signed, and to see what we are working with.”


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