Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Absa Premiership

Benni expected early in the area

Benni McCarthy could be back in contention for team selection next week, Orlando Pirates officials said on Friday.

The veteran striker, whose goals helped propel the Buccaneers to the league title last season but who has been largely absent in this campaign, is due back from a calf injury.

It is the latest in a myriad of afflictions for the podgy 35-year-old striker.

McCarthy hurt his hamstring making his return for Bafana Bafana against Brazil in September in his first international in more than two years and has not been the same player since.

He played fleetingly for Pirates after a three month lay off but broke down in training in December and again during the mid-season break.

But officials are hopeful he will get the all clear to boost the squad for the upcoming league matches against Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs. The official Orlando Pirates twitter feed has also confirmed the possibility of McCarthy’s return

“I don’t want to make excuses but we have been hurt by not being able to use him,” coach Roger de Sa said after Tuesday’s loss to Moroka Swallows at the Dobsonville Stadium.

Pirates host Celtic at the Orlando Stadium next Wednesday and then meet Chiefs in the derby at Soccer City next Saturday, March 9.


More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk

Dr Errol Sweeney
Was Liverpool goal a 'genuine' penalty?
The ref bashers were out in force yesterday following Liverpool’s one nil win over Swansea City in...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Klopp keeps it simple
Two events show why the players have easily taken to what Jurgen Klopp is asking of them.

Sunday Oliseh
Coaching Eagles: What they won’t tell you
Two days after starting as chief coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria a representative of a major...

Segun Odegbami
Nigeria needs something valid to celebrate
The Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium erupted in an orgy of celebration after Nigeria beat Swaziland 2-0.