The retired defender has explained the Buccaneers cannot beat his former team twice in a row when the Soweto giants lock horns at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
“Yeah, both teams want to be in the final, but Chiefs will not lose this time around I hope (Lebo) Manyama is ready because Pirates are shaky at the back and he will give them something to worry about,” McCarthy told Goal.
“We know they are very fast and dangerous going forward, but the likes of Khama (Billiat) and all the players are aware this will be a do or die and they will have to secure a spot in the final – they have to turn this around,” he added.
“I don't remember Chiefs losing twice in a row to Pirates. That happened during the time of Jerry (Sikhosana) and not in our time. I don't see it happening on Saturday,” he explained.
Amakhosi head coach Giovanni Solinas' charges are still licking their wounds from a 2-1 loss to Pirates in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) match last month, but McCarthy says a cup game is a good opportunity for Chiefs to lift a trophy.
On the other hand, the Naturena-based giants will bank on their record as they are yet to lose to their rivals in this competition.
“Yes, they have the advantage to reach the final because this is a final before the final, with all due respect to Bidvest Wits and Baroka FC,” continued the former Bafana Bafana player.
“I don't really look too much into statistics because it's a question of who wants it the most. The sponsor is happy because one of the Soweto giants will be in the final and it must be Chiefs. They have the right mentality and they know what is at stake,” predicted McCarthy.
“You know we used to go all out for such games because it is Christmas and that is definitely a bonus to spoil your family and it is not about revenge,” joked the legend.
“Yes, they lost in the league and they will make up for it in the second round because that will be their home game,” added the Vryburg-born star.
When asked about his thoughts on the venue following the unavailability of the FNB Stadium which is known as Amakhosi's home ground, the McCarthy said the Moses Mabhida Stadium is still a perfect stage for one of the biggest games of the season.
“Look, you must know that Durban is a second home for Chiefs. Whenever the FNB Stadium is unavailable, they go there because they no longer use the Olympia Park in Rustenburg and that is where we used to kill teams,” he responded.
“There is no chance for empty stands now because the punishment is over and the fans will come in numbers. So, the guys will make it in front of their fans. It's a sold out and there is no reason to lose to Pirates,” concluded McCarthy.