Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates ace Benni McCarthy says having faith in his own
abilities inspired his double against Moroka Swallows at the weekend.
The South African legend fired home two second-half goals to
ensure the Buccaneers' progression to the Telkom Knockout semi-finals
following their last-eight victory over the Dube Birds.
McCarthy canceled out Luvhengo Mungomeni's opener with a stunning
long-range free-kick in the 72nd minute before tucking home his second
and the winner six minutes later.
And Bafana Bafana's all-time leading goalscorer, who now has five
goals for Pirates since joining in the off-season, admits his self
belief brought him through.
"We were one-nil down and had nothing to lose. I had one thing in
mind, I was gonna go for it," he told the club's official website of
his first goal.
"I have scored such goals while I was still at Celta Vigo and FC
Porto as well as during my time in England. I just told myself 'Benni
you can do it', and as they say, 'the rest is history!' "
McCarthy went on to praise the overall team performance on the
night, adding: "We have a good group and when we were a goal down people
thought we were dead and buried, but there is unity in this Orlando
"We work together because we win together and lose together. The
kind of fighting spirit in the team is one where we die for each other.
"We have a never-say-die attitude as we have proved on Wednesday
when we scored an equaliser against Swallows in the dying minutes of the
match and again on Saturday."