With the final game of the Absa Premiership season just days away, Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says he can reflect back on a positive season.

It is just McCarthy’s second season as a head coach, where he picked up silverware for the first time when they won the MTN8 trophy, and the club are currently fourth in the league, and until last weekend they were technically still in the title race.

McCarthy says he is pleased to be moving in the right direction, and having improved on his first year.

McCarthy says that while he is pleased with his personal growth as a coach, he feels he could still have achieved more.

McCarthy feels they have done a lot of work to create a mindset at the club where players believe they can compete with anyone, as long as they put in the hard work.

It is not just the high profile players McCarthy is referring to, and he says a player like Zuki Kewuti, who scored against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, has shown what hard work can achieve.

McCarthy says that talent can only take you so far in football, but with hard work and passion anything is possible.

He says no player represents that more at City than their captain Thamsanqa Mkhize, who he feels should be the club’s Player of the Season.

City travel to play Black Leopards on Saturday, and while they cannot finish lower than fourth, they still have an outside chance of overtaking Bidvest Wits for third spot. – Report by Rob Delport