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Benni: You don't change a winning team

Benni McCarthy says he believes in Bafana and wants to remain a Buccaneer.

Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy. Picture: Lelo Mzaca/EWN

CAPE TOWN - No matter what you may feel about Benni McCarthy one thing is certain - he knows how to succeed at the African Nations Cup tournament.

McCarthy, who finished the 2008 edition as joint top scorer, believes Bafana Bafana should "stick with [a] winning side. Let Mali worry about us."

Speaking to SportsTalk on 567 CapeTalk and Talk Radio 702 on Thursday night, McCarthy shared his views on his career as an Orlando Pirates striker and on the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2013 tournament.

McCarthy said he is backing Bafana Bafana and believes that they have what it takes to win the event.

He also sent out a warning to Mali, stating that Bafana would more than likely seek revenge for their 2002 Afcon loss.

McCarthy continued his praise for Bafana, saying he was impressed with the "South African brand of football", and Igesund's mixture of both young and more experienced players. He also noted that prior to the tournament, Igesund could not select many of his first-team players due to injuries.

'ONCE A PIRATE, ALWAYS A PIRATE'

Benni also discussed his future as a Buccaneer and the possibility of the club signing Zambia's Rainford Kalaba.

Giving testament the saying "Once a Pirate, always a Pirate", Benni reassured supporters of his loyalty to the Buccaneers, as he believes they remain the team to win trophies with.

Having enjoyed the full extent of his two years at the club thus far, he told SportsTalk he was simply waiting on word from club chairman Irvin Khoza about the finalisation of an extension to his contract.

McCarthy assured supporters that the team will continue chasing yet another treble and seek to close the one-point gap between them and arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs once the season resumes.

The former FC Porto and Blackburn forward said Thursday was the first time he had heard of the Kalaba deal being on the cards for Pirates.

Whilst welcoming new signings, especially someone of Kalaba's calibre, McCarthy said the current team is more than capable of extending their winning streak.

PSL matches resume after the Afcon tournament on the 12 February.

Orlando Pirates face Supersport United at the Orlando Stadium on the 13th.

Kickoff for the Bafana versus Mali quarterfinal is at 20:30 on Saturday night.

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