Celtic threaten De Sa's run
ORLANDO Pirates are out to make it three out of three under new coach Roger de Sa this weekend, while Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens hopes to finally end their losing streak.
Pirates travel to Free State for what is expected to be an explosive Absa Premiership match against Bloemfontein Celtic at Free State Stadium on Sunday at 3pm.
At the same time at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, under-siege Sundowns have a date with Moroka Swallows. Downs have gone four games without a win.The midweek goalless draw with SuperSport United ended a sequence of losses to Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United and Golden Arrows.
Neeskens is going into this game a happy man after a more improved display by his charges against Matsatsantsa a Pitori.
"I'm happy we created more scoring opportunities (against United), I'm going into Sunday's game against Swallows confident that we will do well," he said. "We won't read too much into Swallows's 2-1 loss to AmaZulu (in midweek), maybe they were still celebrating the MTN8 victory."
Swallows coach Zeca Marques, whose team beat Sundowns 3-2 in a WafaWafa semifinal at the same venue three weeks ago, is equally confident of getting a win.
"For us to realise our dream of winning the league title, we have to do well in all our games. Our plan is to use Sunday's game to return to our winning ways and get our league challenge back on track," said Swallows midfielder David Mathebula.
Neeskens looks set to start with Edward Manqele up front, with Teko Modise undergoing a late fitness test tomorrow after missing Wednesday's game due to a knee injury.
Pirates want to add to Phunya SeleSele's woes after the green-and-whites handed newcomers Chippa United their first win in the PSL.
For the first time this season, The Ghost are smiling from ear to ear after winning two consecutive matches - 1-0 against Platinum Stars and 2-0 against Ajax Cape Town.
De Sa took over when the league champions were blowing hot and cold.
Pirates joint assistant coach Tebogo Moloi said: "We expect Celtic to come out spitting fire after their loss to the Chilli Boys. What makes it even worse is that they are playing at home.
"(But) our players are regaining their appetite for goals. Coach Roger has been telling the players it is still possible for us to win the treble again but we must work hard."
Celtic chief executive and former Pirates player Khumbulani Konco said: "It will be a tough one, Pirates are doing well under Roger. We will put up a big fight to get the points."