Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi admits the team will miss
the services of Benni McCarthy in their MTN semi-final second-leg
fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday.
The Buccaneers take a 3-2 lead into the Loftus Stadium clash in Pretoria and Lekgwathi tells Football365.co.za he hopes the likes of Bongani Ndulula can step up to fill in the void.
"We will definitely miss him as you know that he is one of the
top strikers but we have quality strikers that have been learning from
him like Ndulula, Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Ndumiso Mabena so they have to
take over from where he left off," he said.
"Sundowns are sort of wounded lions since we beat them 3-2 in the
first leg and as you know a draw is not good enough for them so I
expect them to come out strongly, so it could have helped if we had
Benni because chances are we will get some scoring chances when Sundowns
are in attack. Ultimately, all we need to do is make sure we are ready
mentally and physically."
Lekgwathi has played down Pirates' 2-1 loss to Maritzburg United
in Wednesday's PSL fixture, insisting it hasn't dampened the spirit in
the camp ahead of the much anticipated clash against Sundowns.
He added: "Now we lost to Maritzburg United and people say the
moral is going down, but no the spirit is very high. We know that we are
playing the final before the final and we are looking forward to
another tough game. We just have to make sure that we go there and
continue where we left off.
"We won't go there and defend; we will play our normal game. It
will be dangerous for us to defend if they can get one goal they will go
through, so for us is to go there and play our normal game. Our plan
will be to make sure that they don't score and for us to score an early