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Hiring Benni McCarthy was a calculated risk, says Cape Town City boss John Comitis

2:40 AM SGT 2/10/18
Cape Town City, John Comitis & Benni McCarthy
The Citizens' boss was speaking to Goal following their MTN8 Cup glory this past weekend

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis says they are not looking ahead of themselves after lifting the MTN8 Cup trophy this past weekend.

Comitis was speaking to Goal on Monday after their triumph over Supersport United at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, saying that they took a calculated risk to appoint coach Benni McCarthy, but he is glad that the team has achieved success in three seasons of their existence.

“Listen, we are obviously happy with the trophy and our second in such a short period of time,” Comitis told Goal.

The Mother City-based side was established three seasons ago after Comitis bought Mpumalanga Black Aces before relocating it to Cape Town.

In their maiden campaing in the top flight, they managed to lift the Telkom Knockout Cup trophy under the guidance of Eric Tinkler.

“We reached three cup finals in three seasons and we have two trophies now. That is a formidable achievement and it is great to do it with a home grown coach," he noted.

“That shows that South Africans are capable of winning big things and we are delighted for the coach, the players and the fans,” he praised.

To many, the Citizens boss was seen as someone who was brave enough to rope in the former Bafana Bafana striker after parting ways with Tinkler, who went to replace Stuart Baxter at Matsatsantsa last season.

Comitis rather called it a calculated risk than an act of bravery because the all-time Bafana goalscorer has played the game at the highest level, but was yet to lead a team as head coach.

"Yes, that was a calculated risk for us to hire him. It was not reckless because he played football at the highest level and he pushed himself to get a chance to do a pro licence coaching course," Comitis said.

“That showed he has ambitions and with his experince, it was a great mix, and these two things come together. So, it was not just risky to employ him, but it was a calculated risk,” said the Citizens.

“We are very delighted to lift it because it was the second one against the same team and we wanted to win, but try to avoid penalties," he added.

“Fortunately, the players picked up the right form on the day. Overall, it was a great performance from all the players and we are extremely proud of them,”Comitis said.

With the 2018/19 PSL season in full swing and the Wafa Wafa trophy out of the way, Comitis says they are not looking at the TKO Cup, PSL and Nedbank Cup as well.

He said that they want points on the board as they host Bidvest Wits on Tuesday night and travel to Maritzburg United for a clash set for Friday night.

“Yeah, with a bit of success you start to feel more hungrier and that's what happens with the coach and the players as well,” he continued.

“I think they understand the magnitude of their achievement, but the good thing is to have the points on the board and there are two games ahead of us in the league,” Comitis told Goal.

“We need more points and we will start thinking about the three cups,” he said.

“Yes, the hype is over for now and the work continues. We are completely focused in the league. We suffered the same consequences in the past and we can't afford to suffer again where we celebrate for too long,” he concluded.