Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates medical staff have confirmed veteran striker Benni
McCarthy will be fit to feature in their remaining PSL and CAF
Champions League matches.
According to the Footbal411 website, the former Porto and Blackburn striker has suffered an assortment
of injuries this season, his last appearance came against Zambian
outfit Zanaco on the16th of March and is yet to play for the Bucs this
Pirates administration head, Senzo Mazingiza, who confirmed the
news McCarthy would return soon, added that he feels the veteran's
experience will benefit the younger players in the squad.
"I can confirm Benni has regained his fitness level and is ready to start playing," he told the Sowetan.
"We are happy to have him back in the team. Benni is an experienced player and a role model to the youngsters in the team.
"We have to start winning games after six consecutive league
draws by beating Wits. The win over DR Congo's TP Mazembe has brought
high hopes in the camp.
"We went through all sorts of huge challenges, playing against
some of the African soccer giants from Nigeria, Tunisia and Congo
Mazingiza believes the Buccaneers have what it takes to get a
result when they ravel to the Congo for the return leg of their CAF
Champions second-round second-leg clash with TP Mazembe.
"I believe in this team that we will do well in Lubumbashi against TP Mazembe in two weeks time (in a return match).
"TP Mazembe have a history of scoring an avalanche of goals at
home, like they did when they hammered Mochudi Centre Chiefs from
Botswana 6-0 three weeks ago.
"That does not worry us (though), we will neutralise them in
their own backyard too. Many people will only start believing in us in
terms of winning this tournament once we have eliminated TP Mazembe."