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Bucs' mission

By unknown | Feb 18, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Orlando Pirates go into Wednesday night's big clash with Mamelodi Sundowns hoping to whet the continuous appetite for goals and shutting the back door by their players.

The two South African giants meet in an Absa Premiership match at Johannesburg Stadium, a game where sparks are bound to fly.

Sundowns should also be inspired by the 1-0 win over Zanzibar's Miembeni SC in the Africa Champions League on Friday night.

Bucs' coach Owen Da Gama said they were happy that the team was doing well despite having numerous key players sidelined by injuries.

The injured players include Lucky Lekgwathi, Lucas Thwala, Lebohang Mokoena (flu), Ralfp Matema, Destin Makita and Joseph Kamwendo.

Speaking after their 2-0 win over Bidvest Wits at Johannesburg Stadium on Saturday, Da Gama said they were working hard to maintain their current form.

Pirates have scored five goals in less than a week without conceding after beating Moroka Swallows 3-0 in Potchefstroom last Wednesday.

"If we can beat a team that has been doing so well like Wits, credit should go to the boys. I'm also happy that we are not conceding," said the humble Da Gama.

"The game against Sundowns will be a tough one but we will be ready for them.

On the other hand, Wits' coach Roger De Sa had this to say about their loss to Pirates:

"We conceded two soft goals. We also had four to six scoring chances."

The in-form Pirates must also thank their goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa, who made several breathtaking saves to keep a clean slate even though he was twice helped by his alert defence as he blundered.

Once more it was another inspiring display by Teko Modise, who capped it by scoring a super free kick in the 56th minute.

Second half substitute Tebogo Mashaba got the second goal in the 79th minute.


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