By AMOGELANG RAMELA
PEP talks don’t win matches, and fans will witness that come tomorrow evening when Orlando Pirates welcome the on-song SuperSport United in the Absa Premiership clash.
The two side take each other at the Orlando Stadium, kick-off at 8.15pm and it is evident that fans will be kept on their toes for in the regulated 90 minutes of this match.
Until their 1-0 victory over the visiting Ajax Cape Town mid-week, a courtesy of Thulasizwe Mbuyani, the mighty Buccaneers have been blowing hot and cold and it remain to be seen if they will rise to the occasion against Matsatsantsa A Pitori who are still unbeaten in 12 league matches.
“It is our home game, and we can’t afford to disappoint our fans. It is for this reason that we have to win this match at all cost so that will give us an opportunity to close the gap between ourselves and them,” said Pirates coach, Julio Ceasar Leal.
Pirates are currently on sixth position with 18 points, and they are ten points behind the Tshwane based side.
It is evident that United defenders have been spending some sleepless night, planning on how they are going to close down the likes of Mbuyani, Bennie McCarthy, Dane Klaite and Isaac Chansa who could cause the great harm should they be left unmarked.
United on the other side remain a hot property in the league, and their 2-0 victory over Pirates’ traditional arch-rivals should speak volume ahead of this match.
In their meetings last season, Pirates won the first round of their league encounter 1-0 before United could reserve the same score in the second round.
Pirates however have in the past enjoyed the upper hand over the Tshwane-based side since 1990, winning 17 matches out of 40 with Matsatsantsa having won 13 while the other 10 matches ended in draws.
United coach, Gavin Hunt was however economical in words as far as commenting on this match is concerned, saying: “This is a tough match and we will cross that bridge once we are there. It is important that we win this match so that we can maintain our lead on the log through to next year when we resume league action after a Africa Cup of Nations in February.”
Tebogo Langerman, Anthony Laffor and Atuyase Nyondo remain Hunt’s hope for goals in this match.