A treble for Benni McCarthy? Cape Town City still in with a chance

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Having already won the MTN8 this season, could the Citizens go on to claim the treble?

Cape Town City have one triumph this season having won the MTN8 and are currently still in the running for Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Nedbank Cup honours.

It has been a dream second season for the Citizens’ head coach Benni McCarthy as he watches his side continually impress and win over the hearts of all the neutrals with his sides' never say die attitude.

Nonetheless, this weekend they face their ultimate test in the Nedbank Cup as they take on Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinals.

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City are a club who love to build on the momentum and should they overcome Amakhosi - adding to the Soweto giants’ woes, this might be the catalyst needed for them to claim Cup glory.

With Bidvest Wits bowing out and Chippa United, Golden Arrows and National First Division (NFD) side TS Galaxy having advanced, there is no better time than now for City to grab the headlines once again.

Benni McCarthy Cape Town City MTN8 celebration

Should they beat Chiefs, they will be thrust as favourites, making a double a real possibility.

However, it does not end there for City as while a Cup run will do loads in order to assert City’s ability to be Cup specialists, the league title is still within sight.

With City three points adrift of log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, and should the Tshwane giants drop points in their title run-in, City may favour their chances.

The league is far more difficult to conquer than the Nedbank Cup and MTN8 especially for a young side with a relatively inexperienced manager at the helm.

Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City

But while Benni may not have the experience, he certainly has the enthusiasm and determination to do so.

City are proving that they can mix it with the league’s proverbial ‘big boys’, and although many continue to wait for City to slip up, they just don’t seem to know when to give up, making for an exciting final few weeks in the league title race.

Nevertheless, City will favour their chances of winning the Nedbank Cup, but the league still remains a difficult task for now despite the slender deficit at the top.

So, granted that a treble is certainly not out of the question, but City will need to pull off a major upset to accomplish what will be their biggest success in their short history. 

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