South Africa legend Benni McCarthy won the first trophy of his managerial career after leading Cape Town City to a 4-1 penalty shootout victory over SuperSport United in the final of the 2018 MTN8 on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh made two saves in the post-match shootout after a goalless draw as Thabo Nodada converted the winning kick for an easy 4-1 win in the shootout at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
But it needed not go all the way to kicks again as City dominated a limp SuperSport but could not finish the game through two hours of leg-sapping action.
City twice hit the woodwork as they dominated the game and should have won comfortably in the opening 90 minutes, never mind the additional 30 minutes of extra time.
It is a first title for Benni McCarthy who was appointed coach of Cape Town City in July 2017.
Smiling to the bank
Cape Town City players will share R4-million following their MTN8 success.
Cape Town City chairman John Comitis said it is club policy that the players get half of the prize money.
City bagged R8-million for their win.
“We will go 50/50 with the players‚” Comitis said next to the players’ dressing room moments after City’s triumph.
“It has always been like that.
“They put in their share and we put in our share.
“That’s how we usually do it‚ but the players weren’t even bothered about that at this stage.
“They are so happy to have the trophy in the cabinet and that’s probably the most important thing for us and their careers.”
It’s not clear what criteria will be used to divide the money among the players‚ but if it’s an equal share‚ with their squad of around 30 players‚ they could each take home R130 000 subject to tax.