Cape Town City’s charismatic coach Benni McCarthy is confident Khama Billiat will have a long night against Thamsanqa Mkhize.
McCarthy’s comments have come just hours before City welcome Chiefs to the Newlands Stadium for an Absa Premiership clash this evening.
Despite missing a chunk of the earliest games this season due to injury, McCarthy believes that Billiat is the most dangerous player that he dare not overlook in preparation of the game.
“Khama Billiat has not really had a mention, because he has hardly featured for Chiefs this season. He played in the Carling Cup, and that was it. But now he’s here, and his reputation precedes him. He is fantastic all over, and you’ve got to pay attention to a player like that,” McCarthy told IOL.
The former Bafana Bafana international and Orlando Pirates striker went on to confidently pin his hopes on Mkhize’s ability to keep tabs on Billiat.
“But I’m okay. He’s playing in the side of Thami Mkhize, who is the best right-back in the country at the moment. I don’t think there is a player whom you would rather have face (Billiat), no matter the qualities that they have…”
“But if they’re up against my captain, then yeah, good luck.”
The Citizen’s coach, like his opposite number Ernst Middendorp, remain as one of the coaches who are yet to lose a game in three Absa Premiership games.
“If we step on to the pitch with the right foot forward, and do the right things at the right times, then I think it’s going to be a tough day for Chiefs at the office,” concluded McCarthy.