Thursday, 1 February 2018

Could Cape Town City's new signings solve their goal drought?

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy 
gestures during a Premiership match. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
CAPE TOWN - Goals remain the major stumbling block to Cape Town City’s continued presence among the challengers for this season’s PSL title. To be brutally honest, City could have been in a far healthier situation had they finished off more of the plethora of scoring opportunities they create in every game. A case in point being last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic when they should have been out of sight in the first half, only for the opposition to snatch a point in the second.

Now, with City set for a top-of-the-table clash with Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium on Friday night (8pm kickoff), there is no doubt they can ill-afford to keep squandering scoring chances. Good opponents will punish profligacy and there is no argument that Sundowns are not a very good side. If City are to continue in the same vein on Friday, by being wasteful in front of goal, they will be blown away. In short, the Capetonians have to bring along their scoring boots.

The irony of it all, it has to be said, hovers like a heavy rainy cloud over the squad. In Benni McCarthy, the coach, City have one of South Africa's most celebrated goal-getters, yet his team is patently unable to score with a consistency. City’s results this season are laden with 1-0 wins and hard-luck stories - and, while it may not be too bad with regards to their current log position, who knows what the scenario could have been had they been more clinical and decisive in attack.

Full story at IOL
By Rodney Reiners.