Orlando Pirates captain declares war on Benni McCarthy
This is as The Citizens have a number of figures that were once associated with Pirates before. McCarthy’s charges will host the mighty Buccaneers at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night (7.30pm).
Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele believes that Cape Town City coach, Benni McCarthy, could have a slight advantage over them in their Nedbank Cup Last-16 tie on Wednesday.
Matlaba and Jele are the only remaining players from Pirates 2011-12 squad. Recently the Cape Town-based outfit roped in Rayaan Jacobs, who was Pirates analyst and Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) coach this season.
Jacobs joined City as McCarthy’s assistant following the conclusion of this season’s Diski Challenge where he led Pirates reserves to finish in position six. Jele feels that could give City an advantage going to their Ke Yona match.
He said: “Benni has been doing well in his first season as the coach. I have played with him, and I know him personally, he also knows Pirates.“But when we go there it will be a war.”
The Pirates veteran defender added: “He also has Rayaan who was with us not so long ago. It’s going to be difficult, but we are looking forward to winning this game. “Jacobs knows each and everyone in the team, but in football, you will never know. He (Rayaan) used to be here with coach Micho (Milutin Sredojevic) and Rhulani Mokoena.”
These two clubs have met once this season and Pirates won that encounter with 1-0, thanks to Thabo Qalinge’s last minute goal. To reach the last 16 of the competition Pirates defeated ABC Motsepe League side Orbit College 3-1 in the last 32 while the Citizens got better of Bidvest Wits when they defeat them 1-0.
Source: Daily Sun