Comitis wants Benni to remain a Citizen despite struggles


Cape Town City Boss John Comitis says the club is looking to tie down head coach Benni McCarthy to a long-term contract before the Christmas break.

“I think I’ve made it clear that I’m trying to get Benni to stay here for longer. I don’t think I’ve minced my words about that,” Comitis told

If Comitis has his way, McCarthy is set for a longer stay at Cape Town City.


“To be fair to him and ourselves, we’ve kind of set a target for around Christmas, so by then we wanna know where we are going with him and I’m sure he also wants to know where he’s going as well. At the end of the day it is a performance driven business,” said Comitis, who was speaking to us before City suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

The Mother City club has gone nine matches without a win across all competitions and to make matters worse, they were knocked out in the early rounds of the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout.

At the time of writing, they were 12th on the log.

“But sometimes you have to understand the environment and be reasonable because historically 60-70% of coaching changes lead to things getting worse, not better,” he said.

“So for me this is not about just moving to the next coach, Benni is a project for me and we cannot afford to allow Benni McCarthy to fail and he can’t afford it for himself and the country can’t afford it. We believe in him in the longer term,” stated Comitis.

Cape Town City celebrated captain Thami Mkhize’s 100th appearance for the club when they played Maritzburg on Friday, but there has been nothing to celebrate in terms of wins.

“Look, obviously when you start the season you prepare your financial plan, you never plan to win cup games. But with the kind of quality squad that we have, it’s obviously really dissapointing. Because you know, we’ve mastered the cups in the last three seasons, we’ve won two and we were also in another final and lost. So it’s been dissapointing because they’ve come and gone in the first round and that is not typically what we’d like to see as Cape Town City.

“… I can arguably say this is probably been the best squad that I’ve assembled within the four years (since buying Mpumalanga Black Aces). So it pertubes me that we’re not getting what we deserve. And if you look at the kind of games that we’ve drawn, I think every single one of them we were ahead and it was ours to lose.

“But looking at that, it all shows me that we are on the right track.”

It has, however, been widely reported in the media that McCarthy and Comitis have had a lot of disagreements especially on transfer matters, but Comitis insisted that all is well.

“There is no player that comes to the club without Benni’s knowledge.

“We have a weekly meeting here with Benni – we discuss players, we watch video footage of the players and look at the statistics,” Comitis explained.

By Shane Matsoyane

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