'steady as she goes'

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

After getting their title challenge back on track with a 1-0 midweek over Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Pirates should maintain their consistency.

This is according to Bucs' coach Owen da Gama, ahead of their Absa Premiership match at Johannesburg Stadium tomorrow. Kickoff is at 7.30pm.

"Consistency is the most important thing, especially when you consider the amount of tough games we play within a short space of time," he said.

"We are playing well and what I like is that we are not predictable, which I know is frustrating most of the clubs when they prepare for a game against us.

"We have depth in the team, players like Ralf Matema, Joseph Kamwendo, Oupa Manyisa and many others who are raising their hands to play.

"The spirit is unbelievable in the team, we played a friendly against ourselves this morning [yesterday] where everybody gave it his best shot."

Joel Masutha, Leopards' caretaker coach whose side lost 3-2 to Bucs in the first round, said: "We are playing well but goals are eluding us."

Pirates were impressive against Phunya Selesele on Wednesday but should polish up their finishing, where they need to be more aggressive.

In the absence of the injured Excellent Walaza, Da Gama has the option of using Tebogo Mashaba or Paulos Masehe to partner Gilbert Mushangazhike up front.

After taking the lead against Moroka Swallows in a midweek game, Lidoda Duvha faded towards the end of the first half, subsequently conceding three goals.

There is no doubt that Leopards have to start winning like yesterday or Limpopo will be without a Premiership outfit next season.

Granted, they have been squandering many scoring opportunities but that is not good enough as lack of goals is a South African disease.

Leopards will be minus Walter Ramulondi, who got injured on Wednesday but Masutha can use Myron Shongwe, Jabu Malukeke and Sibusiso Dlamini.