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By Mogomotsi Selebi | Jan 19, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ORLANDO Pirates' dream of ending their league drought has faded after indifferent results in the second round, but the players are hard at work and eager for one last push for the title.

Bucs publicist Mickey Modisane said coach Rudi Krol has been putting the players through their paces to prepare them for the rigorous season finale awaiting them.

He promised that they would push pacesetters SuperSport United all the way.

"I know that many people have already written us off, but we are not going to be demoralised by that. We will fight until the last match of the season to challenge for the championship," Modisane said yesterday.

He said their technical team had welcomed the break that gave Krol time to work on combinations.

Modisane said the break was also giving the technical team enough time to assess the players who did not get enough game-time this season.

"We played against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Saturday and won 2-1, with Terror Fanteni scoring a brace.

"(Tomorrow) we are playing a team from Zambia called Zanaco before our match against Moroka Swallows on Saturday.

"The coach has managed to work on our strikers' accuracy and by giving others a chance, he'll have a pool of players to select from."

Modisane said: "I would not say we are out of the running for the league title because there are 18 points to play for.

"Anything can happen.

"But we have to win some silverware for our loyal supporters, who must be tired of being mocked by rival fans.

"We also want to make the management and the spiritual owners of this great club happy."

According to the Bucs spokesperson there have been encouraging signs with midfield star Teko Modise.

"Teko is slowly getting back to his best and we are convinced that when we resume with our league programme he will be unstoppable," Modisane said.


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