Pirates out for revenge

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Orlando Pirates will be out for revenge when they take on Thanda Zulu Royal in an Absa Premiership match at Johannesburg Stadium on Sunday.

The match was changed from Ellis Park Stadium to Johannesburg Stadium because of the 46664 concert taking place at the 2010 World Cup venue tomorrow.

Royal gave Owen Da Gama a rude welcome as coach of Pirates when they beat Bucs on penalties in a Telkom Knockout first round match at Ellis Park in August.

Speaking after training yesterday, the affable Da Gama described Sunday's eagerly-awaited clash as "payback time".

"Those guys beat us in my first game as coach of Pirates. It is payback time, let us see how much we have improved since that game," he said.

"Our preparations are going well and we are ready for the game. Excellent Walaza got a knock when Bafana Bafana played against Lesotho on Tuesday.

"We cannot blame anybody, in fact we are happy that they [Bafana Bafana technical staff] selected Walaza to play in that game.

"Also out is Innocent Mdledle who injured himself [torn muscle] against Kaizer Chiefs. He will be out for a few weeks."

Pirates had a friendly this week against Moroka Swallows which ended in a 2-all draw where Da Gama rested Bafana Bafana players.

Royal assistant coach Johan Eriksson said: "It will be a tough match but we are ready. I don't see why we should not beat them again. We know what to expect from them.

"But we just need to play well if we to achieve our mission."

Royal played to a 1-1 draw in a league game against Golden Arrows on Wednesday.

l Orlando Pirates Development Academy announced yesterday that 200 youngsters have already registered with them for next year.