Benni McCarthy hails Cape Town City's coaching staff


According to McCarthy his right-hand man Vasili Manousakis and analyst Rayaan Jacobs do not always get the recognition they deserve for their sterling work.

McCarthy reckons their efforts don't go unnoticed and values their input massively.

"I rely on those two guys and they play a very important role in the team," McCarthy tells

“We complement one another very well. Basil [Vasili] my assistant is one of the best out there, you know. He brings a calming effect and so does [Rayaan] Jacobs.

"Look, I’m passionate and emotional on the touchline. I usually get myself fired up and sometimes into trouble. But it’s because I don’t like it when my players get hurt. That’s when I get emotionally involved.

"That’s where they come in. Basil has that aura and response, he brings a calmness. He just knows what to say and when to say it. Like for instance he would let me know that 'hey you can’t go off now, Benni’, he will remind me. Mind you, I picked him myself."

McCarthy also describes his former Orlando Pirates colleague Jacobs' presence and skills he brings to the City table as "refreshing" adding that he’s a lucky coach to have such a competent technical team he can feed off.

"I worked with him at Pirates and we would go through footage of the games, you know. He would highlight where there is room for improvement and other technical stuff. This was very refreshing for me," he explains.

"These guys are miles ahead with the modern trends. I can really trust them with my life. This allows me to also take a back seat and allow them to express themselves and to grow."