Orlando Pirates legend backs Benni for the MTN8

Orlando Pirates legend Lucky Lekgwathi backs Benni McCarthy for MTN8 honours with Cape Town City

Lucky Lekgwathi has backed his former Orlando Pirates teammate Benni McCarthy to win the MTN8 Cup on Saturday.

Lekgwathi won the competition with McCarthy in 2011 at Pirates, when they beat Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs 1-0, thanks to an extra-time strike from midfielder Oupa Manyisa.

McCarthy was suspended for the final, but played in the quarterfinals and semis. Now the former Bafana Bafana striker has an opportunity to lift the trophy as a coach, and Lekgwathi believes he has what it takes to overcome his more experienced counterpart Eric Tinkler at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

McCarthy and Tinkler know each other well, having played together at senior national team level. Tinkler was assistant coach to Roger de Sa in McCarthy’s last season at Pirates.

“I am saying Cape Town City will beat SuperSport. If you look at them, they are playing as a team. They have a lot of energy. If they can take that energy to the final, then I don’t think anything will stop them,” Lekgwathi says.

“Eric coached him at Pirates, even though he was assistant at Pirates, but he did a lot of the work. If Benni studies Eric well, there’s nothing stopping him from winning the title. SuperSport have the confidence of being in the semifinal of the CAF Confed Cup, so they won’t make it easy for City. But I believe City can do it.”


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