Mark Mayambela: Cape Town City players also to blame for Benni McCarthy sacking


Cape Town City winger Mark Mayambela believes the players must shoulder some of the blame for the club's poor run, and not only Benni McCarthy.

The Citizens sacked the all-time Bafana Bafana top goalscorer after almost three years coaching the club following a run of two wins in 18 matches.

Dutch coach Jan Olde Riekerink, who has previously worked at Ajax Amsterdam, Galatasaray and Heerenveen, has been appointed in his stead.

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Mayambela, who only signed for John Comitis' club after McCarthy insisted on having him there, says as players they have to soldier on and continue fighting for the badge of the club.

"Well like in any other team it's not easy you see. Coach Benni was here for three seasons," Mayambela tells

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"So the players were used to him, used to his way of playing, his way of doing things. It's never easy to lose a coach. But then what's important for us now is to support the team, and to support the decision that the team made. To support the coaches that will be here.

"We also need to support fully the new coach. Because at the end of the day the team is more important than any player or any person. What is important is the team and making sure that the team progresses and does better.

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"We played well in the last few games but we couldn't win, and we all know that football is only judged by results or your performance. So it's a shock but at the same time maybe it's what the team needs. It's sad that it should be the coach that goes because we are all responsible for the team's wellbeing you see. Ja, we have to take the blame also.

"He was a good coach. You know the nice thing about him is he worked well with the crew that he worked with. They also enjoyed working under him, and I also believe everyone in the team learned from him. I also learned from him as a player. You know so he was a good guy overall, a player's coach you know."

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Mayambela says the management and the remaining technical staff addressed the players about the situation to make sure they remain focused.

"Of course they feel bad about the situation and losing the coach. But the bigger picture is the club and also making sure that the decision didn't go in vain you know. You cannot lose a coach and then still continue to lose, continue to not get results. We need to turn the corner as players as well."

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