Mkhize grateful to McCarthy but life goes on

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Cape Town City Captain Thamsanqa Mkhize says the players are adapting fast to the philosophy of new head coach Jan Olde Riekerink.

The Mother City-based side unveiled the Dutchman a month ago after parting ways with former boss Benni McCarthy after a string of poor results.

Mkhize, who played his 100th City game under the guadance of McCarthy, has heaped praised on the former Citizens coach, while also explaining how they have moved on as players from the transitioning of coaches at the club.

“For me personally, Coach Benni was special. Not only to me as a player, but to a lot of players as well. But we have moved on, we are adapting positively and we are believing in the process that we are going through with the new coach. We respect him and we are willing to give it our best as players,” stated the Citizens skipper.

City have picked up just 2 points out of a possible 6 in their last 2 League games away against Bloemfontein Celtic and at home against Highlands Park under Riekerink.

But the club has kept a clean sheet in both games something the team last achieved way back in January 2019.

“Looking at how we play now you could see there is a lot of balance in the team. Whenever I go forward, I don’t worry a lot because now I’ve got cover,” he said.

City are adjusting well to life under new coach, Riekerink.

“So for me, we can only look at the positives that we are doing. Obviously we are happy that we are not conceding now, also we are creating chances. It feels like ok, since we are not conceding now but we are not scoring. Hopefully on Saturday (against Chippa United) we will score too many goals, we are hoping.”

Mkhize has played all City’s 13 League games so far this season but admits his form has dropped and to have picked up an injury in the Club’s 2-1 loss away to Amazulu in October.

“To be honest, my form is a bit average and I’m also concerned about my ankle injury that has been causing me problems whenever I play,” Mkhize admitted.

By Shane Matsoyane

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