By PRECIOUS RAJANE
MAMELODI Sundowns coach, Johan Neeskens has admitted that their opponents in the semifinals of the MTN 8, Orlando Pirates are a strong side but they can be beaten.
The Brazilians face the mighty Buccaneers away at the Orlando Stadium this coming Sunday, and Neekens wa positive that they will reverse their bad results against the Soweto giants who beat them three times last season.
“I am very aware that Pirates as the defending champions in this competition are hot favourite to lift this title, especially that they are on the best form, but that does not scare us because we are equally ready,” said the optimistic Neekens
Neekens said Pirates will be foolish if they are going to rely on last season’s results as this is a new season with a different approach.
“It is true that Pirates were the best side last season, but as we all know, football is very unpredictable and that we will prove come Sunday as we are going to make a meal out of them,” said the optimistic Neekens.
Since his appointment at the club, Neekens has guided the club to two victories over Bloemfontein Celtic and Jomo Cosmos in the MTN 8 and Absa Premiership match respectively while their first league match against AmaZulu ended in a goalless draw.
Pirates coach, Julio Cesar Leal said he was equally confident about the forthcoming match as his team’s performance by far has been good, and hope that the match is going to be an exciting affair.
“I am not concerned about our opponents because my players are capable of scoring goals, and we look forward to make use of our home ground advantage to do well in this match while at the same time avoiding to concede goals at home,”
The might Buccaneers are still to lose a game after winning all their first three matches, two in the league and one in the MTN 8.