Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy says he is heading into the 2018 MTN8 Cup final wiser than last season.
The 40-year-old tactician is currently busy preparing his side for Saturday's encounter against SuperSport United at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
This will be a repeat of last year's MTN8 final in Durban where McCarthy's side lost 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 stalemate at the same venue.
McCarthy had guided the Citizens to the final a few months after replacing Eric Tinkler as the club's head coach.
“The last time we got to this final, I was just about a month into my first job as head coach," McCarthy said on IOL.
"I was fearless then; now that I’m more settled and I have a year’s experience as a coach. I’m a bit more cautious. I realise that things can go wrong and I have to make sure that I plan for it," the former South Africa international continued.
McCarthy, who retired from professional football in 2013, went on to guide the Citizens to a fifth-placed finish in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in his maiden season as head coach.
"As a coach, I’ve grown. I’ve learnt a lot; the team has also improved as we have a lot more depth than last season. Also when we got to the final last season, because I was a new coach, there was no chance of getting fired for losing," he explained
The retired striker jokily indicated that City chairman John Comitis could fire him if he fails to win the MTN8 final.
"Now, though, I’m steady. There is stability – and I guess there’s every chance that the chairman could aim a shotgun at me if we don’t get over the line this time," he concluded.