Booth backs Benni's Citizens to win MTN8 final

Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth believes Cape Town City will have a psychological edge over SuperSport United in Saturday's MTN8 final.

The Citizens have previously beaten Matsatsantsa in a major final when they prevailed 2-1 in the Telkom Knockout final last year with Eric Tinkler at the helm.

Tinkler has since left the club to take over from Stuart Baxter at SuperSport, while Benni McCarthy was handed his first senior coaching role in charge of City.

As such, the encounter this weekend at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban offers up an intriguing contest especially with R8 million in prize money going to the winning team. The losers will pocket a relatively miserly R800,000.

Booth reckons that McCarthy's side have the advantage, telling Sowetan Live: "SuperSport have played a lot of football and fatigue could set in. Morgan Gould and Clayton Daniels were with Bafana Bafana, that might also take its toll.

"City will be fresher and that gives them some sort of advantage. Both coaches are natural winners from their playing days. (But) I think City will win.

"SuperSport will battle psychologically because they will also be thinking about their CAF Confed Cup match (semifinal second leg against Club Africain) next Friday."

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