Coach Benni McCarthy said that he is not excited to lock horns with Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup competition given their impressive form as of late.
City will welcome Pirates to the Cape Town Stadium next week, March 14, for the round of 16 of the Nedbank Cup competition.
Addressing the media after his side’s 2-0 prevail upon Chippa United a week ago Friday, McCarthy conceded that he isn’t excessively energized, making it impossible to confront an on-shape Pirates in the opposition, including that he would have wanted to confront Steenberg United.
“Not very much excited because the form that Pirates are in, I would have maybe wanted them at a later stage. I wanted to have the proper Ke Yona, yes Steenberg United at Cape Town Stadium, that would have been like such a blessing in disguise,” McCarthy said.
“But, unfortunately, you get Pirates, but I think the motivation factor for the players and obviously we lost against them in the league last time, but did we really lose against them? We got a goal waved away so, yeah, there (are) matters that we need to settle but it is going to be tough as hell because Pirates are coming of age and finding their rhythm and it seems like Micho and Rulani (are) creating a good vibe and atmosphere in the Pirates camp.
“So, they will be flying high but like I said, home advantage always counts and we know, hopefully, come that time the rain comes and blesses us because I know the Joburg teams love playing in the rain,” he added.