a late surge

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Goal-shy Orlando Pirates seem to subscribe to the notion of saving the best for last, if their 3-1 win over Free State Stars in Bethlehem in a midweek Absa Premiership encounter is anything to go by.

After going eight games without a win, Pirates surprised all and sundry with a five-star performance against Ea Lla Koto to move to 10th spot on the log with 39 points from 29 games.

Amabhakabhaka are going back to Johannesburg Stadium on Sunday (3pm) where expectations from The Ghost are for yet another three points at the expense of AmaZulu, to end the season with a bang.

Pressure is also mounting on the players and technical staff to ensure they get a win as a consolation after ending the season without silverware in the year the club turned 70.

The win over Stars on Wednesday also saw a great return by central defender Lehlohonolo Seema after a long layoff due to a head injury. Seema's return brought stability to a back line which has been leaking for some time now.

On the other hand, Usuthu are also under tremendous pressure to get a win after failing to get a single point in their last two games where they went down 3-0 to Ajax Cape Town and 2-0 to Moroka Swallows.

l Mamelodi Sundowns are likely to give Free State Stars coach Kinnah Phiri a disappointing farewell when they meet at Loftus at 3pm.

The Brazilians are unstoppable lately and their form offers little encouragement to Ea Lla Koto, who have been blowing hot and cold this season.

The match marks the end of Phiri's stay at Stars after he decided rejoin the Flames of Malawi.

l In the Mother City, Santos entertain Platinum Stars at Athlone Stadium in a match the hosts look set to win.