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bucs' pledge

By unknown | May 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

After going seven games without a win in the Absa Premiership, Orlando Pirates have promised supporters "The Ghost" something to smile about in their game against Kaizer Chiefs.

This Soweto derby is billed for Mmabatho Stadium on Saturday at 3pm. Both sides are in desperate need of maximum points to finish in the top eight bracket.

Following the death of the top eight competition, clubs who finish in that bracket will get a minimum of R1 million prize money.

Speaking at a joint media briefing in Naturena, Pirates' captain Lehlohonolo Seema said they were all fired up for a win at Chiefs' expense.

"We know it has been a difficult time for us, but we urge our supporters to rally behind the team on Saturday, they will get a special present," Seema said.

Shaun Bartlett, his counterpart at Chiefs, said they were equally confident of a win, while acknowledging that derby matches were always difficult.

Bobby Motaung, Chiefs' team manager, teased Pirates by saying they were still awaiting an ATM pin code from Platinum Stars, who pipped Bucs 1-0 last Wednesday. (Bucs have been likened to an ATM recently, for their generosity to opposing teams.)

"It is a unique derby this time round because we are all out of the top eight. You can win all the games in the league, but if you lose the derby people forget about all your incredible achievements."

Shakes Mashaba, Pirates' manager, said: "Everybody in the club is looking forward to the derby, there is not even a single player who does not want to be a part of it."

Also present at the briefing were the coaches, Muhsin Ertugral (Chiefs) and Owen da Gama (Pirates), who both promised the supporters fireworks.

On his carrying a cellphone during games, Da Gama said: "There is nothing unusual about that, I don't carry a watch and use it to look at the time.

"Steve Coppell of Reading also carries a cellphone during games. It is not true that there is somebody who is giving me instructions.

"There is absolutely no interference."


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