Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy declares himself ready for Polokwane City war

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The retired striker's first competitive match in charge of the Citizens will be against the Rise and Shine

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says the starting line-up that will face Polokwane City  in the MTN 8 quarterfinals on Saturday will surprise everyone.

“I have my starting team in mind. I have a fit squad and just choosing the 18 for Saturday will be tough,” McCarthy told the media.

“I’ve had a few good weeks training the team and I have a decent relationship with the players. What I can say is that the starting team is going to be a surprise to most people,” he said.

The 39-year-old tactician praised the quality in the squad, saying that they will prove that they are not one-season wonders.

“This is a massive step up for me, but let me tell you that I couldn’t have gone into battle for my first game with a better bunch of guys. They’ve made my job easy, there are no egos in this squad, and they have been disciplined and professional throughout," he added.

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“I’m really looking forward to Saturday. And so, too, are the players, as they are determined to prove that they aren’t one-season wonders,” McCarthy concluded.

Meanwhile, striker Lehlohonolo Majoro hopes to continue his goal-scoring form in the new campaign after scoring nine goals in all competitions last season.

“My goal is to continue scoring goals. Last season I scored nine, I think. I suffered from a lot of injuries, which is not an excuse. The games that I played could’ve scored when I got a couple of chances, but it’s all in the game and I just have to remain focused and work hard,” Majoro said.

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