Maritzburg United defender Fabian McCarthy believes they are the underdogs despite having home ground advantage against Orlando Pirates for the Telkom Knockout semi-final.
McCarthy was speaking after United had taken the league’s log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns whom they beat 2-0 in the quarter finals of the Telkom Knockout before they (United) could be pitted against Pirates in the semifinals of the competition.
“Pirates played well against SuperSport and they also won the MTN8. Without a doubt they will be favourites to beat us, but to be the best you have to beat the best and we are up for it,” the former Sundowns player said. The tie is scheduled to take place on the weekend of November 21.
“It helps to play at home as the fans here come out to show their support and appreciation. It’s a great feeling playing in front of our fans because they are so vocal.”
McCarthy scored against Sundowns as Maritzburg ran out 2-0 winners in the quarterfinal clash, he also won the man-of-the-match award. The former Kaizer Chiefs defender credited his coach Ernst Middendorp for the preparation and his team-mates for their support.
“Our coach showed us the plans and we executed it. We have a fantastic morale at this club and we are all eager to win this cup. I definitely think we can do it, all we have to do is follow Ernt’s instructions and stay hungry for success.
“I am very happy to put a goal past my friend Brian,” he chuckled about his 59th minute header. “The award is a bonus and I will give it (R5000 prize) to a school in my hometown Vryburg.”
In another semifinal match, Kaizer Chiefs will be at home against Santos-PSL website