'Bucs played City at the wrong time'

Benni McCarthy
Benni McCarthy

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy said Orlando Pirates played his side 'at the wrong time' after the 2-2 draw in Cape Town on Saturday.

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Athlone Stadium was filled to capacity and McCarthy believes the spectacle was a great advert for South African football that he believes is 'really on the up'.

"A great football match. It was a end-to end game. And for me it's just amazing to see the stadiums getting filled. Because this is the kind of football fans want to see," McCarthy told Supersport TV.

"South African football is really on the up. For me it was really business as usual. Home game, we tried to make it a fortress."

McCarthy then dispelled any notion that he still has loyalty to the Pirates' cause after scoring 10 goals in 24 games for them as a player.

"And I said it before, for me there's no emotions in football. My loyalty and my emotions lie with the team I'm coaching, that I give everything for.

"I sympathise with Pirates' cause because I think they had a great season. But unfortunately they played Cape Town City at the wrong time. They had to be exceptionally better than us today.

"They got one more game to go. Anything is possible. In football you don't know what's going to happen."

When asked if he wanted Pirates to go on and win the title, McCarthy said he was only focused on his side.

"Listen, they've got to win their last game and hope Sundowns and Wits drop points," said the City tactician.

"But for us, we want to take care of ours. For us, it was most important to give our fans a good sending-off so next season they come in more numbers. For us it was all about playing for the three points and leaving everything on the pitch for the supporters.