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Pirates must sink Maritzburg

By Sbu Mjikeliso | 2012-12-14 07:56:46.0 | COMMENTS [ 44 ]

ORLANDO Pirates travel to Port Elizabeth today for their meeting with Maritzburg United looking to stop a slide from becoming a full-blown slump.

The match takes place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and kickoff is at 8pm.

The defending champions are not playing badly, but two points out of a possible six in their last two games is hardly the form that will threaten Absa Premiership log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.

Bucs coach Roger de Sa knows they can't afford to drop points in the manner that they did at Chippa United last week if they want to go into the Christmas break the merrier of the Soweto giants.

Though they trail Chiefs by three points, Pirates are unbeaten in eight league games, a run last witnessed when they made a charge for the title last season. The signs are ominous.

Last weekend's Soweto derby, which ended 1-1, showed how close the margins were between the top two teams in the standings but fourth-placed Maritzburg could have a big say in determining who holds the lead at the halfway mark with a solid performance tonight.

"We have forgotten about the draw against Chiefs," Bafana and Bucs winger Sifiso Myeni said this week. "It is back to business for us as we prepare for the match against Maritzburg. They are a tough side and I think we will need to be at our best to defeat them.

"We are desperate to win this match so that we can continue closing the gap at the top."

Myeni's trickery plus Daine Klate's service, and Collins Mbesuma's bullish finishing will be up against Ernst Middendorp's defence-reliant counterattacking tactics.

The miserly German is expected to give defensive midfielder Ruben Cloete instructions to mow down anyone in black and white who advances into dangerous areas.

United have lost two games in a row - to the other "surprise package" Platinum Stars and strugglers Ajax Cape Town.


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Today and tomorrows result.

Orlando Pirates 1 - Maritzburg United 1 (lovely draw)
Platinum Stars 1 - Supersport United 2
Kaizer Chiefs 3 - Amatuks 0

2012-12-14 15:53:19.0 | 0 replies

There is no way Pirates are going to lose to Maritzburg united .Our win tonight Chiefs must forget about Q2
No, we(Chiefs) are not going to win Q2. But we are going to stay on top of the log and fight hard to win Q3 and Q4 :-D

2012-12-14 11:17:27.0 | 0 replies

There is no way Pirates are going to lose to Maritzburg united .Our win tonight Chiefs must forget about Q2
1 Platinum Stars 6..5..0..1..13..7..15
2 Orlando Pirates 6..4..2..0..11..2..14
3 Kaizer Chiefs 6..4..1..1..12..6..13
2 Mburg United 6..3..1..2..6..4..10

2012-12-14 11:14:52.0 | 0 replies

Shapa bhaka njunju until we meet again. Its always good to have competition. AmaTUKS we coming for you

2012-12-14 11:13:31.0 | 0 replies

we want Q2 thats all for now we will sink what ever that is in front of us

Bhakajojo wayawaya....
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Dream on dream on You dont know nothing about Q2 we have won Q1 for the first time in history now we will Q2 we will end with League title Rise khosi rise

2012-12-14 10:59:36.0 | 0 replies

This is going to be our nice Ho ho ho ho ho ho present Mabhakaniya...

2 Pirates

0 Maritskaiser


2012-12-14 10:59:31.0 | 0 replies

Mazinyo aka Middendorp will moer batho today. Ke tshaba go bona. So far my predictions are spot on.

ayeye rite now!!!!!! tltltltltltltltltltltl thihihihihihihihi kwaaaaks!!!!!!!!
Report Abuse . Come on broer, do you think Middendorp who was dumped by the Zebras can really do anything, how pathetic. The bucs will always prove to the Zebras that you dont celebrate till the fat lady sings. We are only at halfway point of the league. UP THE BUCS

2012-12-14 10:43:47.0 | 0 replies

We 've got all the material to do the job at PE,Only if the couch can put that into good use,infact no team can match us in terms of quality even our noisy neigbours knows that that is why they always wish that we lose.

up the bucs until all haters accept that we are the champs.

2012-12-14 10:38:21.0 | 0 replies

This is not going to be easy for de Ghost, although they have all the materials to win against the team of choice but they going to win it hard. So a 1 nil will b acceptable for de Ghost they need to do some catching up to do on those Zebras who think they running away with the league.
Actually Bra- Mafutha a 3points- 3goals is required even 4goals to catcthup with the goal difference.
Catchup with what? Hihihihi. You have to dig very deep. We will be busy scoring when you score. Majoro has got ballz.

2012-12-14 10:37:00.0 | 0 replies

we want Q2 thats all for now we will sink what ever that is in front of us

Bhakajojo wayawaya....

2012-12-14 10:29:32.0 | 0 replies

Wish you good luck PIE-RATS for losing this one and as a reminder the PIE-RATS fans must leave the firecrackers at home new year eve is around the corner.


2012-12-14 11:23:42.0 | 0 replies