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The 23-year-old Erasmus has been key to Pirates' attack in recent weeks, but Johnson is positive that his defence will deal with the threat he poses

SuperSport United coach Cavin Johnson revealed that he is not worried about facing his former player Kermit Erasmus when they welcome Orlando Pirates in the semi-final of the Telkom Knockout Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Erasmus played a few pre-season friendly games while at SuperSport United under the stewardship of Johnson, but then left to join Bucs before the start of the current season.

And Johnson, who was willing to work with Erasmus when he joined Matsatsantsa at the beginning of the season, said that they've made a plan to stop the Pirates forward.

"He (Erasmus) is a special player, and for a player to move to Orlando Pirates he must be that special," Johnson told reporters.

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"He scored a goal against Chiefs, and it was a special goal, but we have a plan to stop him on Saturday," he added.

Erasmus has faced his former employers already this season, but he is yet to score against them since moving to Pirates.

However, with his confidence sky high after scoring two goals for the Buccaneers, he will certainly be more determined to put one past Matsatsantsa and help his team progress to another Cup final.

Meanwhile, SuperSport United will be without striker Bradley Grobler for the Pirates' clash on Saturday due to a groin injury he suffered at training, but Johnson has other capable strikers such as Sibusiso Zuma and Mame Niang available.

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