The former defender said he watched the encounter and Steve Komphela’s men could have seen worse at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium against the Limpopo side.
He referred to their sloppy start in the encounter where the Soweto giants committed errors, but were fortunate to escape unscathed as the Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele came close to scoring.
In the end, it was defender Erick Mathoho who netted a fine header to hand Amakhosi their second win in all competitions this season.
“Look, there were two errors at the back I can mention, the other one was an opportunity for Baroka where (Itumeleng) Khune misjudged the ball and Baroka failed to use that chance,” McCarthy told Goal .
“Having said that, I think they had a good game, their experience came through as they managed to bag a win,” the former Bloemfontein Celtic player said.
“I was happy to see Mathoho starting, he scored a great header from a set piece which is their strength, but I think it was a bad decision to give (Ryan) Moon the penalty,” he continued.
“I expected someone experienced like (Willard) Katsande, (Daniel) Cardoso or even Khune because the boy was put under pressure – the game could’ve been wrapped up,” said the ex-Mamelodi Sundowns defender.
“Overall, I am happy they won because this is their chance to lift a trophy, the only team or person to beat them is themselves – they have a chance on this one,” he noted.
With Free State Stars, Chiefs and Maritzburg United having secured spots in the semi-finals, the final clash of the third round is between Cape Town City and Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday afternoon.
The ex-South African international defender added that Steve Komphela’s men must be ready for any team in the next stage, but must fix their defence and mistakes especially in the early stages of the match.
Moreover, the Vryburg-born defender said reports that Ea Lla Koto coach Luc Eyamel is linked with the Amakhosi coaching job will spice up the clash should the two teams meet in the next round.
“Look, at this stage of the competition, it doesn’t matter who you meet because it’s just tough and everyone wants to win the trophy,” added the legend.
“The only thing to do now is to work hard on preparation, prepare well and go to execute their plan for them to reach the final,” he reacted.
“I don’t see anything stopping them, but they will be their own enemy to lose this one. Stars are dangerous and so is Maritzburg, there’s no chance to choose,” said the 40-year-old.
Chiefs were pitted against Stars in the semi-final draw which was conducted after Mamelodi Sundowns beat Cape Town City 2-1 in a quarter-final match on Sunday.
“The winner between today’s fixture, Sundowns and City, will not be easy to face and in my view – they just have to prepare for anything,” warned McCarthy.
“However, I would like to see Chiefs facing Stars, there’s speculation off the field with the coaches and so on – that will spice up the rivalry and really see who emerges to the final will be interesting,” he concluded.