Benni backs Leicester for glory


The Foxes narrowly survived relegation last term, but find themselves five points clear at the summit with nine games left this campaign.

McCarthy says Leicester's run reminds him of his UEFA Champions League triumph with FC Porto in 2004.

"I think Leicester are definitely going to win the Premier League because they remind me of when I was at Porto, of us when we were in the Champions League," McCarthy is quoted as saying by Omnisport.

He continued: "I see a lot of similarities in what Ranieri has done with Leicester. It's amazing, they really don't have anything to fear and they should take the positives.

"Ten men against Arsenal and they lost in the dying seconds of the game; you go to Man City, to the Etihad and you give them three.

"For me, they deserve to win the Premier League and it is great for football that teams can do things like that."

The former Orlando Pirates striker believes Claudio Ranieri's charges will be feeling a mixture of excitement and apprehension as they close in on a historic upset.

"They will be buzzing in the dressing room but of course they will feel the pressure.

"That's all you seem to hear about these days, 'Is this going to be the greatest upset in Premier League history'.

"So as a player you cannot ignore these kind of things. I think they will be c***ping themselves in that dressing room but they will also be buzzing."

McCarthy, Bafana's record scorer with 32 goals, is currently an assistant coach at Belgian topflight strugglers Sint-Truidense.

The 38-year-old retired from playing in June 2013 following a stint at Pirates. He also featured for Ajax Amsterdam, Celta Vigo, Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United.