Upbeat Bucs look forward to Ajax clash

BUOYED by their 3-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in their last match at the venue, Orlando Pirates return to their traditional home hoping to revive their diminishing Absa Premiership chances.

BUOYED by their 3-1 win over Bloemfontein Celtic in their last match at the venue, Orlando Pirates return to their traditional home hoping to revive their diminishing Absa Premiership chances.

After a seven-game winless streak they sprang to life through unsung heroes Dennis Masina and Phenyo Mongala against Celtic. And tomorrow at 8.30pm at the same venue they host MTN 8 finalists Cape Town Ajax.

But coach Ruud Krol has to stick with his difficult decision to leave talisman Teko Modise, who is clearly fatigued, on the bench again.

Masina will be dying to continue where Modise left off.

International Phenyo Mongalo of Botswana and Josephy Kamwendo of Malawi, plus the fast-improving Andile Jali have shown there is hope for the Sea Robbers. They will be a match for Ajax's underrated Franklin Cayle and the predatory Thulani Serero.

The match promises to be a sizzling affair, with the Urban Warriors having won their last match against Mpumalanga Black Aces.

l Arrows welcome Swallows at Chatsworth Stadium tomorrow at 8.15pm and Free State Stars host Bloemfontein Celtic at Charles Mopeli Stadium on Sunday.

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