Nedbank Cup

City at Wits end with defensive crisis

City at Wits end with defensive crisis

The suspension curse has hit Cape Town City ahead of their Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash away at BidVest Wits on Wednesday, with coach Benni McCarthy having to make wholesale changes in defence. The club will be without captain Robyn Johannes, who joins Wits from next season, and Taariq Fielies, with the duo having made up the first choice centre-back pairing this season. Johannes received two yellow cards against Mamelodi Sundowns on Friday night and was sent to the stands, while Fielies' booking takes him to four for the season and an automatic one-match suspension. McCarthy will likely now go with a defensive pairing of new signing Kwanda Mngonyama and Tshepo Gumede, though both may go into the game a little under-cooked.

Mngonyama has made just two substitute appearances since last May, while Gumede has been missing for the last two months for City. City are also hopeful of getting a work permit for new Zimbabwe international signing Matthew Rusike in time for the game. City were knockout of the Nedbank Cup at the Last 32 stage in 2017 by third-tier Acornbush United.

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