Lekgwathi welcomes Benni

2011-09-14 13:14

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates skipper Lucky Lekgwathi is happy to have star striker Benni McCarthy back in the mix for Wednesday's clash with Santos.

The former Bafana Bafana hitman has completed his two-match suspension, after being sent off against Maritzburg United, and Lekgwathi is keen to see him on the pitch for Bucs.

"Benni is a highly experienced striker, we are happy to have him back in the team," Lekgwathi told the Sowetan.

"Benni has been working hard at training but the final decision on whether he is playing or not is the responsibility of the technical staff."

On the Santos fixture at Orlando Stadium, Lekgwathi added: "The other thing is that we beat them in the MTN8 quarterfinal. But we expect them to come out spitting fire."

When asked if Pirates will have one eye on the Chiefs tie looming on the weekend, the captain said: "The focus is on the game against Santos; we will start thinking about Chiefs once we have won the midweek game.

"But I must say, it is important to go into the derby in a happy mood."



  • YES - 2011-09-14 13:47

    It's bad news for chiefs. Benni'e inclusion in the coming derby will on its own have a psychological defence on chiefs defence, which has been weakened by accusations hauled against Khune. For competitive sake, I am appealing to Pirates technical committee not to include Bennie for the derby.

  • dr - 2011-09-14 14:11

    I dont feel sorry 4 any team in PSL teams when Benny in the area is in Town his going dismantle all the team with banging the goals. Here we are talking about deadly striker a eprson who know how heat a net, he knows how possition himself at a right time and he has selected the right at the right time OP is big team is SA a brand name.

  • jacky - 2011-09-14 14:20

    I am a die hard chiefs supporter and i cant stand vv anymore because he does have plan B. He must be fired and let the coaches with fresh minds take over from him. Chiefs technical staff should also learn to buy players not to take players who are out of form just because they are free. Siyabonga Sangweni is one of the players chiefs could have snatched to tighten up their defence. Jack Mahwelereng.

  • tatana - 2011-09-14 22:18

    beny boy, come,help us 2bury dis zebra on saturday..

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