Chiefs Will Beat Pirates To Reach Final – McCarthy

The Sea Robbers will clash with Amakhosi on Saturday afternoon for the first bragging rights of the current campaign. PICTURE: Gallo Images

JOHANNESBURG: The former defender has backed the Glamour Boys to march all the way to the Telkom Knockout Cup final. 

Kaizer Chiefs legend Fabian McCarthy says the team will definitely win the Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final encounter against their arch-rivals, Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

The retired defender has explained the Buccaneers cannot beat his former team twice in a row when the Soweto giants lock horns at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. 

“Yeah, both teams want to be in the final, but Chiefs will not lose this time around I hope (Lebo) Manyama is ready because Pirates are shaky at the back and he will give them something to worry about,” McCarthy is reported to have said.

“We know they are very fast and dangerous going forward, but the likes of Khama (Billiat) and all the players are aware this will be a do or die and they will have to secure a spot in the final – they have to turn this around,” he added.

“I don’t remember Chiefs losing twice in a row to Pirates. That happened during the time of Jerry (Sikhosana) and not in our time. I don’t see it happening on Saturday,” he explained.

Amakhosi head coach Giovanni Solinas’ charges are still licking their wounds from a 2-1 loss to Pirates in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) match last month, but McCarthy says a cup game is a good opportunity for Chiefs to lift a trophy.

On the other hand, the Naturena-based giants will bank on their record as they are yet to lose to their rivals in this competition.