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Cape Town City confirm Benni McCarthy will miss Orlando Pirates clash

12:33 PM EDT 9/19/18
Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City
The retired striker, who is one of the greatest South African players of all-time, married Scottish model Stacey in 2014

Cape Town City were hoping that Benedict 'Benni' McCarthy makes it in time for the team's clash with Orlando Pirates.

The Citizens are scheduled to take on the Buccaneers in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

However, the club has since announced that McCarthy will not be part of the team's bench due to a medical emergency in his immediate family.

"Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy will be unavailable for today’s encounter due to a medical emergency in his immediate family," the club stated on their Twitter account. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with coach Benni and family during this time," a club statement read.

Recent reports indicated that McCarthy's wife, Stacy, has been hospitalised with a serious ailment emerged on Wednesday ahead of the game. 

As a result, the former South Africa international did not travel to Johannesburg with the rest of the Citizens squad.

Goal had previously spoken to an impeccable source, who revealed that the club were hopeful that McCarthy would make it to Johannesburg. 

"Yes, Benni is still in Cape Town. The team manager is in touch with him to see if he can catch a late flight to Johannesburg and possibly meet the team at the stadium," the source told Goal.

The Citizens are wounded having succumbed to a 4-1 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in their previous league game which was played in the Mother City last weekend.

McCarthy's assistant, Vasili Manousaki is expected to take charge of the Citizens in the absence of the former Pirates striker.

The Mother City-based side is currently winless in its last four league games having recorded two defeats and two draws.