Benni warns team-mates

2012-08-08 07:50

Johannesburg - Benni McCarthy has warned his Orlando Pirates team-mates to be on their guard come the defending champions' Premiership opener with Golden Arrows.

Pirates kickstart their PSL title defence against Abafana Bes'thende on Friday night in Soweto, with Bucs having retained their crown with a win over Arrows on the final day of last season.

The Sea Robbers twice came from behind to defeat Muhsin Ertugral's side 4-2 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and McCarthy, who bagged a brace in the showdown in Durban, believes last season's encounter will have little baring on this coming weekend's clash.

"Look, this will be a totally different ball game," the former Bafana Bafana striker told Bucs' official website.

"Sure, we beat Arrows 4-2 the last time we played them however; this does not mean that it will be a walk-over on Friday.

"We need to prepare very well for them, and make sure that on the night we make use of our goal scoring opportunities."

Meanwhile, the veteran marksman insists Augusto Palacios' charges will give a better account of themselves this week following last Friday's late MTN8 quarter-final win over Bloemfontein Celtic.

"The game against Celtic was great, but we fought very hard to get the result we got," explained McCarthy.

"Our attack has been phenomenal but in that particular game we could not score from open play, which is something we are working on.

"I believe on Friday night we will be better prepared and we will do our best to score. This will be a good game.

"On Friday, we start our long journey which is the league campaign, and we'll try to get the ball rolling in the best way possible."


  • israel.maseko.5 - 2012-08-08 08:06

    Bennie will always be the best striker South Africa has produced. Please teach the young generation on how to be a good striker and they must understand that being a striker is not only about scoring goals but also to be creative and to allow other players to move freely in the box.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-08 09:14

    Good advice Benni. Its a new season and previous seasons' achievements count for nothing. Lets start afresh and give other teams the respect that they deserve.

  • cosmas.ngwenya - 2012-08-08 09:55

    Professional advise frm the best player in the land, complancency cant be tolerated in this business, its a new season n players to b more hungrier than b4, i dont c any team stopping the mighy Bucs, I foresee another trebble cuming our way,. UP THE BUCS!!!

  • nico.oktober - 2012-08-08 13:32

    Good to see that the PSL players are looking forward to the new season and hopefully this time around we as supporters will have a good show for our hard earn money by attending soccer games. Please leave the fighting on the pitch as you guys are role models and you players should lead by an example please, and it does not matter if you are a Pirates, Swallows, Celtics or Wits players give us good football this season. KBY....

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