Orlando Pirates ready for Sundowns


Orlando Pirates are leaving no stone unturned in preparing for their upcoming match against Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld Stadium this weekend.

Milutin Sredojevic and his technical team are keen on turning things around against Downs, following some unsatisfactory results for Bucs against their Tshwane opponents in recent months.

In their league match in the first round of the season, Bucs lost 1-3 against Downs at Orlando Stadium in November, with Hlompho Kekana scoring two great goals for the Tshwane outfit as well as one from Anthony Laffor, while Marc van Heerden scored the only one for the Soweto giants.

The last time Pirates visited Loftus for their league match in February last year, they were beaten 6-0 by Sundowns. Bucs’ assistant coach, Rhulani Mokwena, was spotted watching from the stands at Cape Town Stadium during the match for Ajax Cape Town and Sundowns on Tuesday – on his birthday.

It is understood that Mokwena was in the Mother City on a mission to study his former employers in preparation for Saturday’s match.

For Pirates to keep their hopes of winning the PSL title alive, they have to close the eight-point gap between them and Sundowns at the top half of the log.

Bucs are currently on 23 points while Downs have accumulated 31 points and are at the summit of the Absa Premiership log at the moment.

Bucs will be without their captain, Thabo Matlaba, as he will be serving his one-match suspension for accumulating four yellows cards this season.

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