CAPE TOWN - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy got his tenure off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Polokwane City in an MTN8 quarterfinal clash on Saturday.
The Citizens were the more prominent side in attack throughout most of the match at the Cape Town Stadium and could have won by a larger margin had they been more clinical.
New signing Teko Modise did not feature for the Cape side despite being named in the starting XI – it appeared that he picked up an issue in the warm-up.
There was a chance for City just after kick-off when Lehlohonolo Majoro fired into the side-netting with a minute played, but otherwise the opening stages of the game were open and fast-paced as both teams attacked with purpose.
Majoro had another opportunity on 13 minutes after he was played in on goal, but a weak effort was comfortably saved by Polokwane keeper George Chigova.
The visiting side were close to scoring two minutes later when Jabulani Maluleke nearly squeezed in a shot under City keeper Shu-aib Walters.
Majoro was having a busy afternoon and thought he had scored on 25 minutes when he swept in Thabo Nodada’s cross, but it was ruled off-sides.
Benni McCarthy, Coach of Cape Town City FC. Credit: Backpagepix
Chigova also did well to stop Lyle Lakay in full flight, but could do little to stop the Cape side from taking the lead when Sibusiso Mbonani nodded a cross from Thamsanqa Mkhize into his own net.
The game remained tight after the restart with few clear chances, although the home side were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty on 63 minutes when Thapelo Tshilo seemed to use his hand to block Lebogang Manyama’s goal-bound shot.
Polokwane again escaped going further behind when Ayanda Patosi drew a stinging save from Chigova soon after.
Majoro missed another great chance on 76 minutes when he was played in by Manyama, only to shoot straight at Chigova.
But fortunately for the home side their misses were not to matter as they held on for victory without much issue to book their spot in the semi-finals.
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