Three out of three: What is Cape Town City doing right in the Caf Confederation Cup?

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McCarthy is yet to lose in three matches in the continental competition

The CAF Confederation Cup is in full swing and South African coaches will have a lot on their plates as we head to the end of the Premier Soccer League season.

Some of the coaches, who are in the Nedbank Cup, Caf Confederation Cup and Champions League as well as the league race which continues to keep the supporters on the edge of their seats.

As Pitso Mosimane leads Mamelodi Sundowns to their continental quest and drew against Rayon Sports in Rwanda, Gavin Hunt is also chasing his first entry in the group stages of the Champions League after losing to an Angolan side.

On the other hand, SuperSport United's Kaitano Tembo and Cape Town City's Benni McCarthy's are both busy in the CAF Confederation Cup.

However, the four coaches have had mixed results so far and there is one manager who is yet to taste defeat in his mission for glory.

Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City

McCarthy is making his debut and has already bagged three wins in three matches in the competition so far.

Goal takes a look at his run thus far and investigates what could be working for the Citizens in the continent.

The coach himself is someone who has terrorised many defenders in the continent during his days with Bafana Bafana and is not scared of the continent.

Having also bagged the UEFA Champions League with FC Porto in 2003/04, that has seemingly rubbed off to his charges as they want to shock the continent.

McCarthy is making his debut in the domestic scene and has not done badly as a young coach and to bag three consecutive wins in Caf competitions is a brilliant start.

In his first assignment, he met Young Buffaloes FC in a two-legged affair and claimed a comfortable 2-0 aggregate win.

Cape Town City

In the first round, there came Mozambican counterparts in Costa Do Sol, the first clash was an away encounter on Wednesday.

With McCarthy's absence due to his commitments in furthering his UEFA coaching classes, they beat their hosts 1-0 in the first leg.

How a team plays is mostly reflected on the ambition of the coach and we cannot doubt McCarthy's ambition and drive as sportsman. He is a major influence in the club.

A number of players in the squad are making their debuts in the competition such as their coach, they are fearless and are destined to make their names.

Sage Stephens, Thamsanqa Mkhize, Kwanda Mngonyama, Lyle Lakay, Thabo Nodada, Sibusiso Masina and many in the team – they have carried the hopes of the team.

Although a lot has been written and said about mind games or tricks regarding the tournaments where viitors are unfairly treated, City remain unfazed and go to their games with a positive mind, not intimidated.

The Teko Modise factor also comes to play in how the Citizens go about their job across the borders.

Cape Town City, Teko Modise

The man known as the General is gifted when it comes to controlling the game and that brings confidence out of his teammates.

Modise is the man who also played a pivotal role during Sundowns's road to glory in 2016 as they conquered the continent.

The former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana midfielder is a rare breed when it comes to passing the ball and that will help City going forward.

Under the guidance and leadership of John Comitis, the club shocked many when they reached the final of the Telkom Knockout Cup as they lifted it after one season in existence.

Another feat they achieved was to finish as number three in the league, thus ensuring their automatically securing a ticket to the competition.

Comitis is one of the most experienced football administrators in the country and he is one of the forces behind City's emergence in continental football.

Matthew Rusike, Cape Town City

With McCarthy's career having started at Seven Stars, then Ajax Cape Town, it was under Comitis's stewardship and it is no surprise that the partnership is slowly yielding the desired outcomes.

Although it is too early to say all is well for the Greenpoint-based side, one cannot rule out the fact that is easy to travel to Swaziland and Maputo.

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A look at Tembo's side, they travelled as far as Gabon last year whilst Sundowns have taken flights to the North, Tunisia and in Egypt and the Clever Boys have been to the land of the Pharaohs.

It will be fair to judge McCarthy's side after such long trips as these will definitely tax the players and will have a huge impact on the results.

With all those factors, McCarthy seems to have some tricks under his sleeves and what we can do for now is to wish him the best of luck.