Masoud Juma may finally make his Cape Town City debut against Orlando Pirates on Wednesday. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says he is “95 percent” certain of his team selection for Wednesday night’s Nedbank Cup last-16 tie against Orlando Pirates at the Cape Town Stadium (7.30pm kickoff).

There are just two issues he is still needs to make a call on – the fitness of industrious midfielder Thabo Nodada, and deciding on whether this is the right time to blood Masoud Juma, the Kenyan striker signed by the Citizens during the January transfer window.

“Thabo (Nodada) is in doubt,” said McCarthy. “He was struggling with an injury and I’m not sure how well he has recovered. I’ll have a look at him at training.

“He’s the type of player that I will always have in my squad, just because of how he applies himself. He leaves everything on the pitch and I love his attitude, on and off the field.

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“But I will have to see how he goes at training before deciding whether to play him against Pirates.

“Juma is ready, he is back from injury,” added the former Bafana Bafana striker. “He might make the squad against Pirates.

“He’s looking good at training, though he probably still lacks a bit of match fitness.

“I would like to give him a run against Pirates, so that I can get an idea of what we have signed, and to see what we are working with.”


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