Benni McCarthy experiences first taste of success as coach with MTN8 victory

Benni McCarthy experiences first taste of success as coach with MTN8 victory

- Benni McCarthy has tasted success for the first time in his career as a football coach

- McCarthy’s Cape Town City won the MTN8 trophy against SuperSport United on Saturday evening in Durban

- McCarthy likened the win to winning the UEFA Champions League as a player

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Benni McCarthy has tasted success for the first time in his short career as a soccer coach. McCarthy’s Cape Town City side won the MTN8 trophy on Saturday in Durban with a 4-1 penalty win over SuperSport United. The result is a reversal of last year’s final.

McCarthy was obviously delighted with the result which comes a mere two years after he started his coaching career with Cape Town City. The former Bafana star likened the win to winning the UEFA Champions League with FC Porto.

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McCarthy recently admitted that he still had a lot to learn as a head coach and said he did not expect to be as competitive as other coaches for at least another three years.

Briefly.co.za gathered that after the match a jubilant McCarthy said he was terrified about the result of the match when it went into a penalty shootout situation. McCarthy admitted he was worried that result would be the same as last year.

Kickoff.co.za reported that McCarthy made history by becoming the first person to win the MTN8 title as a player and as a coach.

McCarthy added that he was thrilled by the eventual result but was slightly disappointed that his team could not secure the victory within the 90-minutes of regular play.

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SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo praised McCarthy’s side and admitted Cape Town City were the better side during the final and for much of the tournament.

McCarthy praised his players for the hard work and dedication which they had shown in during the campaign. He said the win was as sweet as any which he had achieved in his playing days and was in some ways even more rewarding.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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