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Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy urges Gift Links to keep his feet on the ground

19:37 GMT+4 14/10/2018
Cape Town City, Gift Links, September 2018
The Citizens boss says the former Platinum Stars midfielder is aware of his role in the team, but urges him to remain grounded

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has warned one of his players who is currently in camp for the South Africa national team that he must remain level-headed.

Bafana Bafana's all-time leading goalscorer says talented midfielder Gift Links must keep a calm head and learn more about his football in terms of his strengths and weaknesses.

“I see Gift everyday and it was evident when he arrived at City that he was ready to play for a big club at the age of 19 years,” McCarthy told Isolezwe.

“I don't want to see him becoming big-headed before reaching his full potential. He just returned to South African football from Egypt and he may be a different player than before leaving for Egypt,” he added.

“Perhaps our football is going up in terms of standards and he must keep his feet on the ground. He must know his strengths and weaknesses, that's what we are working on with him on a daily basis,” said the coach.

“As you see him now, it is time to allow him to play football freely. He fully understands his role and what I expect of him in the team,” continued the former Uefa Champions League winner.

“When I talk to him, I always tell him that he is similar to Manchester City's Leroy Sane. I believe they are the same kind of players. He just needs to be direct and he has showed me he is able to do what is needed at a high level,” concluded the 2018 MTN8 winning coach.

Following their recent glory in the MTN8 competition, City were rewarded with three call-ups to the national team for the two 2019 Caf Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Seychelles.

Skipper Thamsanqa Mkhize, Thabo Nodada and Links were all called up to coach Stuart Baxter's for the two back-to-back matches.

While they did not feature in the 6-0 drubbing, Baxter could be tempted to change his tactics ahead of the second match on Tuesday, which could see the trio given a run.