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Benni Talks Up Pirates Upset

AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy is hoping to capitalise on any rustiness when his team take on Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup round of 32 on Sunday at the Orlando Stadium.

It will be both teams’ first game after the hiatus, with their last domestic action being back in December.

McCarthy, who played for Pirates before hanging up his boots, says that the Nedbank Cup offers the team a chance to challenge for silverware, but knows they face a tough first hurdle in his former team.

“I think we had a good preparation,” McCarthy told the club’s media department.

“The players look ready, they look hungry, they look sharp as well.

“Obviously adding Mobara, a quality player to that mix, adding Abraham Majok, also a striker, a goalscorer, he can give us something different.

“So ja, we looking forward to seeing them and get into action, get into the groove, getting to know the team, but also I think Nedbank Cup, it gives every team an opportunity to add silverware, to try and go all the way to the finals.

“And if you win it, you guaranteed to play Confederations Cup, it’s a chance to play in Africa. Look how, how good Marumo Gallants have enjoyed the challenge, they got to play against TP Mazembe, one of the African giants on the continent, and you get to play those kind of games.

“So Nedbank Cup provides you that opportunity to play there. Because not many teams are strong enough to challenge Sundowns for the league title, and finish second in the league, then you get to play Champions League football. So, you’ve got your Pirates who is always fighting for second place.

“You’ve got Chiefs who is also fighting for second place, third place, so chances for teams like AmaZulu and the rest of the gang to follow, it’s almost impossible, number one, two, or three, you know, so the CAF competition matches is almost out of it. So you really have to work hard.

“So we have to make the most of this opportunity. It’s a tough challenge. It’s Pirates, we’ve played them twice, we drew one and lost one. So it’s not a great record against them this time around. But I think we’re confident you know, we’ve learned since last time we played them.

“We’ve grown, more experienced, and more mature as well so this time is going to be different. And we hope that we can go there to Orlando Stadium and upset them.

“Because for them, it’s the first game back as much as it is for us. So we know they’re not gonna be at the level they want to be after five or six games, then they can get themselves back to the level where they want to.

“But being back the first game, so both teams will be a bit rusty and players have been away to Afcon, and you come back so it’s not the same.

“So maybe we can capitalise on that and the same for them against us. So it will be a tough, good encounter, a game that everybody’s gonna want to win.”

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