Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has appreciated the leadership and character qualities of his new striker Kermit Erasmus, before explaining why his team are ‘not championship material.’
McCarthy’s City pulled one of their biggest wins of the season last weekend with a 2-3 win at Bidvest Wits, leaving the former Bafana Bafana international with smiles and enthusiasm.
"Like I've said‚ hard work beats talent‚” McCarthy told Times Live.
City’s coach further confirmed the strong characteristics that have made former Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United striker Kermit Erasmus the player he is.
"A lot of players play on the talent and then they forget that‚ you know‚ you still have to put in a shift. And when they combine the two‚ then that's great.
"And‚ ja‚ Kermie‚ he's a player who wants to improve and wants to be better. He's demanding of his teammates.
"That's why I'm so delighted to have him. Because I want a teammate who if I mess up‚ I don't want someone always saying‚ "hard luck‚ hard luck"‚ and then I'm never going to change.
The win against the title-chasing Wits now placed the Capetonians on fourth spot with eight games to go.
"And then ja‚ we can sure enjoy the run that we're on now‚ and mix up there with the Sundownses‚ the Wits'‚ Pirates‚ Chiefs‚ SuperSport's.
"We pride ourselves that we're a hard-working team and we've got quality and we want to be among the best.
"And every week is a building process for us.
"I don't think we're championship material just yet. But we're working towards that.
City’s win was particularly made special by going to the break losing 2-0, before emerging after 90 minutes as 2-3 winners.
"And second-half performances like this‚ you can see that if the guys just believe a little bit more‚ then they know that in the near future‚ next season‚ they could be more than just working towards a championship team‚ but make themselves contenders."