Ahead of playing Orlando Pirates away this weekend in the Absa Premiership, Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says he does not want to see his players just raise their game when they take on the Buccaneers, only to lose that motivation when they take on the so-called smaller teams.

The former Bafana Bafana striker, who ended his playing days at Pirates after an illustrious career in Europe, has not been happy with City’s start to the season, where they have won just one game so far. He says teams need to be motivated all the time, not just against the bigger clubs.

Despite playing some good football, and only losing once, City have drawn four of their six games and McCarthy feels they have thrown points away.

While McCarthy sees his squad as stronger than in the past, he feels that maybe he needs to go back to selecting a team that will work hard.

McCarthy says there have already been a whole host of coaches sacked in the Absa Premiership for underperforming, and his job could be on the line if his team does not start winning games.

Having already welcomed back Thabo Nodada and Taariq Fielies back from injury, McCarthy is happy to have Roland Putsche back in training, but is not sure if he will risk him against Pirates yet.

Meanwhile, McCarthy says that he has no intention of rushing new signing Fagrie Lakay, who made his debut against Black Leopards.

McCarthy says Lakay has been inactive for some time and he will gradually bring him in. – Report by Rob Delport