Benni the man to watch in Sundowns, Pirates clash

2012-03-20 12:25

All eyes will be on Loftus – and on Benni McCarthy – tonight when log-leaders Mamelodi Sundowns take on second-placed Orlando Pirates.

The Tshwane venue is expected to be filled to the rafters as the two teams go into the game on a high after their successful weekend outing against Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.

Interestingly, the two teams won their matches by three goals with Downs crushing Ajax 3-0 while Pirates nearly let their 3-0 lead slip but eventually won 3-2.

Again the focus of tonight’s game will be on McCarthy who scored a brace against Chiefs on Saturday.

The former Bafana Bafana striker has been a revelation since joining the Buccaneers in August and his seven goals have taken the club to the second spot on the log. Pirates, who looked dead and buried earlier on in the season, have clawed their way back into contention and might defend their league title.

But Sundowns will not be push-overs as they also aim to maintain their position at the top of the table.

The Brazilians’ captain, Teko Modise, has already warned Pirates to brace themselves for a tough outing.

The former Pirates midfielder said Sundowns were not like Chiefs and would not go down easily.

Sundowns will hope that their top striker, Katlego Mphela, who registered his name on the score sheet against Ajax after three months, has rediscovered his scoring form.

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