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Santos keen to add to Pirates' woes

By unknown | Sep 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Pressure on Orlando Pirates' technical staff intensified after their 0-1 defeat by Mamelodi Sundowns in the SAA Supa 8 final in Durban last weekend - and it could worsen.

They face another tough task in Santos, who they meet in a Castle Premiership game at Ellis Park Stadium tonight at 7.30.

The game is bound to be a do-or-die affair for the Bucs who have not registered a win in their two league outings.

Though their spokesman Mickey Modisane hopes they will turn the corner against Santos, they are likely to be in for a surprise.

"It's sad that we've not registered a win in the new season, but we're not going to lose another home game," said Modisane.

"Our game against Santos is going to be more like a cup final because we'll be going there with one thing in mind: a win at all costs."

Santos chief operations officer Edries Burton said their preparations had been going well and that everybody in the team was looking forward to the game.

"We haven't played for a while and everybody is eager to take on Pirates," he said.

"They are a big team with a huge following, so that alone motivates our players.

"We don't have a trump card but a number of youngsters who are determined to retain their places in the team. They have all vowed that they will do their best against Pirates."

The Bucs have able players who could win the game if they concentrate and play with purpose.

With their experience, players such as Lebohang Mokoena, Joseph Makhanya, Paulus Masehe and Lehlohonolo Seema could see their side through.

But Burton said they were going to attack from the opening whistle because they do not want to give their opponents any space to breath.

The side's defence will be manned by the experienced Musa Otieno, Sebastian Bax will lead the midfield and the attack will be lead by Erwin Isaacs.

Saturday's fixtures:

Golden Arrows v Pirates (Chatsworth); Black Leopards v AmaZulu (Giyani); Benoni Premier United v Free State Stars (King's Park); SuperSport United v BidVest Wits (Super Stadium); Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax (Loftus at 8pm).


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