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students in bucs' sights

By unknown | Feb 15, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

It will be a question of step and ladder when Orlando Pirates take on Bidvest Wits in a Premiership match at Johannesburg Stadium tomorrow night. Kickoff is at 8.

The Clever Boys are level with Ajax Cape Town at the top of the log on 29 points from 16 games but Ajax have a better goal difference.

Fifth-placed Pirates are trailing the two high flyers by five points from the same number of matches.

Bucs will go into this game inspired by their magnificent 3-0 win over neighbours Moroka Swallows in Potchefstroom on Wednesday.

Wits, who are in another class since the return of coach Roger de Sa, also grabbed maximum points after beating Jomo Cosmos 2-0 on the same night.

"We have a lot of respect for Pirates, we expect them to come out spitting fire after we beat them 1-0 in the first round," said team manager George Mogotsi.

"The combination of Roger and [assistant coach] Eric Tinkler is doing a great job. We are ready to offer a free soccer lesson to Pirates, though it won't be easy."

Owen Da Gama, Pirates' coach, said their players were aware that a win could put them in the top three.

"I was happy with the result against Swallows. We have to get the results against the big guns if Pirates would like to grow in stature," he said.

"It's yet another tough one. Wits have been doing incredibly well this season but we are ready for them. It is important to be consistent. When you get the goals upfront, everything becomes so easy."

Central defender Lehlohonolo Seema will be rested, after he suffered a head injury against Swallows where debutante Gilbert Mushangazhike added the missing link upfront.

The arrival of Mushangazhike will ease the pressure on the young Exellence Walaza, who came on as a substitute against the Dube Birds to score the last goal.

The other two goals came from Mushangazhike and the creative Teko Modise, whose effort could be among the best in the Premiership this season.

Richard Rantjie, who was also impressive on his debut for Wits, is one player who could trouble Bucs. The others include Ashraf Hendricks and Dale Studzinski.


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