STILL fresh from thrashing Safa Vodacom League side Lucky Stars 5-0 on Tuesday, Orlando Pirates hope to maintain their winning rhythm at the expense of Moroka Swallows tomorrow.
Pirates host Swallows at Johannesburg Stadium in a friendly the two sides are using to ensure their players are in great shape during the three-week Africa Cup of Nations break. The victory over Stars came five days after Bucs defeated Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-1, with Thembinkosi "Terror" Fanteni scoring a brace.
Katlego Mashego (brace), Fanteni, Siphelele Mthembu and development graduate Mduduzi Nyanda scored against the Pretoria-based Stars.
On Tuesday at Johannesburg Stadium Pirates take on Zanaco United from Zambia who, like Pirates, are preparing for the African Champions League.
Teko Modise, Gert Shalkwyk, Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Moeneeb Josephs, Andile Jali and Happy Jele are in a Bafana Bafana training camp in Durban.
But Malawian dribbling wizard Josephy Kamwendo is back from Angola where he represented The Flames in the Afcon finals.
In the absence of many tried and tested players, the games provide a great platform for the likes of Joseph Makhanya, Lehlohonolo Seema, Mthembu and Nyanda to impress coach Rudi Krol and his technical staff.
Pirates' administrative executive Floyd Mbele said: "The coach wanted to ensure that the players who are not on national duty remain in good shape. We want everybody to be razor sharp when the league programme resumes."
He said there has been a special focus on finishing, which has been Pirates' Achilles heel this season.