- Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has voiced his frustration at the lack of signings at the club
- McCarthy was interested in signing Mark Mayambela and Robyn Johannes, but City chairman John Comitis has reportedly blocked both moves
- When asked about the possibility of completing a transfer, McCarthy suggested its better to ask the money man and that he is merely the coach
Could there be trouble in paradise at Cape Town City?
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy and chairman John Comitis were touted as a match made in heaven when the former Bafana Bafana striker joined the club.
However, it is possible that their relationship may take a turn for the worse due to the transfer activity, or lack thereof.
Briefly.co.za understands that McCarthy was snubbed on two occasions recently as he first tried to sign free agent Mark Mayambela and then centre-back Robyn Johannes.
Mayambela has been training with the Citizens and McCarthy is a known admirer of his former Orlando Pirates teammate.
In response to the possibility of signing Mayambela, McCarthy said, “I saw an article yesterday that says the chairman has made up his mind, so there is not much my empty words can do.”
The City mentor made reference to a statement made by Comitis which indicated no plans to sign the former Chippa United player.
McCarthy pulled no punches in terms of who controls the purse strings: “The chairman is the one - it’s his club, it’s his money, so he makes the decisions. I’m just here to coach the team. If I get him, I get him, but it’s out of my hands. Ask the money man. I’m just here to try and make the players better."
The coach was also frustrated when he wanted to sign centre-back Robyn Johannes in August in an attempt to alleviate an injury crisis.
TimesLIVE reported that Comitis may have been reluctant to sanction the deal as the former Bidvest Wits player left City for greener pastures two seasons ago.
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