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Football | Absa Premiership

We’ll give our all in the derby – Benni



Orlando Pirates’ veteran striker Benni McCarthy has promised the Buccaneers fans that the team will go all out to try win the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

The Capetonian has scored in all two matches he has played against the Amakhosi since his return from overseas - a brace in last season’s second derby and one in the Carling Black Label Cup pre-season friendly.

“We didn’t have the derby in our minds against Chippa, it was like a cup final for us. Now that it’s over; we can concentrate, go back to the drawing board at training and prepare for Chiefs.”

“It’s just three points; nothing special about that game but obviously we know the significance it has for the fans. We have to go out there and give a better performance than we did today (Wednesday).”

McCarthy, who’s been out of action since September, returned against rookies Chippa United in a match that finished goalless.

“It feels so good to be back, I missed being on the field. It was a nice run but unfortunately we didn’t get what we came here for. Overall, it was a good test before the big one,” McCarthy said after the match.

The striker praised the Cape side for their gutsy performance on the night, “Chippa played their game plan well, we did what we were supposed to do but their goalkeeper was just exceptional. Credit to them for a good performance. They gave us a good run for our money.”

The draw left Pirates three points behind Chiefs, which makes it even more important for them to avoid defeat in the derby, as that would create a six-point gap between them and their rivals.

“The derby is the talk of the country. It’s the two biggest teams, first and second on the log. It will be a very good encounter.”

All eyes will be on McCarthy to see if he’s able to continue the good scoring form he has enjoyed against Chiefs, or whether the Glamour Boys’ young centre-backs, Erick Mathoho and Tefu Mashamaite, will be able to contain him.

“Hopefully we will able to give people the spectacle they would have come to witness. We are confident we will come out victorious in this one,” concluded McCarthy.

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