- Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy feels that Orlando Pirates’ loss is City’s gain with the signing of Mpho Makola
- McCarthy revealed that he chased Makola when he realised the midfielder was not getting game time at the Bucs
- McCarthy lauded the creativity of the 33-year-old, but is cautious about his workload
Mpho Makola was deemed surplus to requirements at Orlando Pirates at the end of last season.
The midfielder struggled for game time and this is when Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy sensed he could pounce.
With the signing of the midfielder, McCarthy feels that Pirates’ loss is City’s gain as he has already looked good this season.
SowetanLIVE reported that McCarthy’s admiration for Makola stemmed from his playing days.
He said, “I know first-hand the joys of having a player like Mpho behind you. I was still a player at Pirates when he was brought in from Free State Stars and myself‚ Ndumiso Mabena and Thulasizwe Mbuyane‚ we just had to make a move and the ball was laid on a platter for you.”
McCarthy cited the veteran’s calmness in possession and his ability to make them tick as key traits to his success.
Briefly.co.za understands that McCarthy expects even more from Makola as he regains full fitness, after being excluded at Pirates.
McCarthy added, “I don’t want to burn him out for the longevity of the season‚ we have to bear in mind he did not have a pre-season with Pirates‚ they outcasted him‚ so he needs to play catch-up.”
However, the coach was quick to point out that he would need to call on the 33-year-old’s services, especially while City contend with so many injuries.
Makola featured in both matches for City and the team has had a solid start as they draw at Baroka FC and earned all three points against Stellenbosch FC.
City now brace themselves to defend their MTN8 title as they come up against Polokwane City.
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