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Cape Town City will welcome Highlands Park to Cape Town Stadium in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 clash on Friday, February 15.

Head coach Benni McCarthy believes that his side's current form will be a huge advantage compared to the last time they lost away to Highlands Park.
“(Highlands) Park beat us 2-0 in the Premier League on their ground at the start of December in Tembisa on a day when we weren’t anywhere near our best, but this time around we meet them in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup on our field and that’s a big advantage because our form has been very good there,” McCarthy said.

“I’m hoping our supporters turn up in huge numbers because my players seem to play at their best when they have the love from their fans.

“We respect Park, but our goal is to go all the way in this competition and that will see the champions qualifying for next season’s Caf Confederation Cup.”

McCarthy also further stressed the importance of having the fans turn up in big numbers to motivate the players to do their very best and give back for the love they have been shown. 

The Citizens’ loss to the Lions of the North ended a three-match unbeaten run for McCarthy’s boys, but they managed to bounce back gracefully and went onto a six-game unbeaten run that included a win 1-0 home win over Kaizer Chiefs.

“From the first to the last minute there was one team on the pitch, it was that easy, but we squandered chances aplenty. Football can kill you and it really felt like it killed me,” McCarthy said.

“Maybe it was the Durban curse and us having the wrong boots on. It was a tough loss to take, but we’ve put that loss behind us and shifted focus to the game ahead and another chance to showcase."

Kickoff is set for 20H00.

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