pirates out for revenge

Orlando Pirates have only one goal left this season and that is the big prize - the Absa Premiership.

Orlando Pirates have only one goal left this season and that is the big prize - the Absa Premiership.

The second- placed Buccaneers have six matches to dethrone log leaders and defending champions SuperSport United and win their first league title since 2003.

They travel to the Free State capital on Sunday for a 3pm kickoff against relegation-haunted Bloemfontein Celtic in a match doubling up as the official fixture to reopen Free State Stadium, which was upgraded for the Confederations Cup in June and next year's World Cup finals.

Pirates plan to avenge their 2-1 loss to Celtic in the second round of the Nedbank Cup in Potchefstroom last weekend.

The win was a mixed blessing for Celtic coach Owen da Gama, who finds himself with his back to the wall trying to keep the popular Phunya SeleSele in the top flight next season.

He also has to worry about the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal clash away to giant killers Pretoria University.

Said Bucs spokesperson Mickey Modisane: "We want revenge for the cup defeat. But more importantly, we need three points to keep the pressure on SuperSport at the top of the league.

"Celtic showed by beating us in the cup they can play and are a good side that should not be fighting relegation. But that is their problem. We will show them no mercy."

A win for Pirates would see them reduce the gap on SuperSport to three points.

The good news for Bucs and their fans is that ace striker Katlego Mashego returns to lead the attack after serving a one-match ban. But skipper Lehlohonolo Seema is out injured.

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