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McCarthy slams Chiefs ‘dirty’ approach

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy laid into Kaizer Chiefs following their recent Absa Premiership meeting and expressed concern over the injury to striker Siphelele Mthembu.

City claimed a ‘smash-and-grab’ victory at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday but suffered a huge blow as Mthembu had to be hauled off in as early as the ninth minute due to injury.

‘Shaka-Zulu’ had been launched down the flank before going down under a challenge from Chiefs centre-back Teenage Hadebe, who caught the stocky forward on the follow through of what seemed to be a legitimate challenge.

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However, though admitting the ball was won cleanly, McCarthy felt the Zimbabwean international had every intention of hurting his talisman so as to disrupt The Citizen’s game-plan. 

“I think we have to assess Shaka’s injury, but I know he’s probably the toughest player that I know in the league – he doesn’t go done very easily,” said McCarthy.

“I won’t say it was a malice tackle from Hadebe – he went for the ball; in fact, he won the ball cleanly, but that’s where it [should have] ended.

“You don’t still need to follow through and try to take a player out because it might be a career-threatening injury, and the boy is just starting to find his feet again.

“You don’t still need to follow through and try to take a player out because it might be a career-threatening injury, and the boy is just starting to find his feet again.

“I think that’s the part that I don’t agree with, when players make those kinds of tackles, because I certainly tell my players to be a bit more careful with the opposition.”

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