Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates winger Daine Klate has heaped praise on Benni
McCarthy and believes the striker's presence in the squad is "absolutely
vital" to their title aspirations this season.
The former Blackburn and West Ham striker joined Pirates as a
free agent at the beginning of the season and has since gone on to help
the club claim the MTN8 crown as well as a place in the Telkom Knockout
The Soweto giants' PSL campaign has been a bit more rocky though,
but they appear to be getting their Premiership title defence back on
track following the 1-0 victory over Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday.
"I think Benni has done a fantastic job for us, just his presence
alone brings so much to the team because it is so much motivation for
us as players," Klate told Football365.co.za.
"All the other teams are really focusing on Benni and forgetting
about the rest of our players. It really, really brings a different
dimension to our game. We can give him the ball and he can hold it up
for us so we can join him.
"So again he is going to be absolutely vital for us in terms of
scoring goals and not only that, he creates goals as well like he did
against Ajax when he created one for (Thulasizwe) Mbuyane."
The Bucs will once more be put to the sword this weekend when
they hosts league leaders SuperSport United, and Klate admits his side
will need to produce their very best if they are to break Matsatsantsa's
unbeaten run this term.
"We had a tough game against Ajax Cape Town winning 1-0 and we
are expecting that it will be an even tougher game against SuperSport
United," he added.
"They are aggressive and they play with high intensity, so they
will come out at us and not want to give us any space. We have to be
prepared to fight for the three points.
"We know we have to double our efforts. They are doing well and
we are far behind them as there is a 10-point gap so it will be
important for us to come out and play to the best of our capabilities."