Segolela may sink Pirates

IF rumours doing the rounds, that Rudi Krol's future at Orlando Pirates depends on how they fare in the Nedbank Cup, the Dutch coach might as well start packing his bags.

IF rumours doing the rounds, that Rudi Krol's future at Orlando Pirates depends on how they fare in the Nedbank Cup, the Dutch coach might as well start packing his bags.

Pirates welcome Bloemfontein Celtic tonight to Orlando Stadium in the last-16 stage of the competition. In a twist of fate, former Pirates midfielder Tlou Segolela, who is on loan to Celtic, could sink his former club and coach.

"I might still be contracted to Pirates, but I play for Celtic now and the most important thing will be to help my club win (tonight). I will just go out there and do my job. I predict a lot of goals in this game. I can tell you that we are definitely going to win the match," Segolela said.

That will be the last thing Krol wants to hear from a player whose form has been so good that he formed part of the recent Bafana Bafana training squad.

If Pirates lose, Krol, who produced heroics in his first season with the club after finishing second on the log, could be a goner.

Krol has admitted that Celtic could be looking for revenge after the Buccaneers eliminated them from the Telkom Knockout at the same venue in March and with a hefty R6million purse at stake, Celtic will show no mercy. Kickoff is at 7.30pm.

At Olen Park tonight, Platinum Stars should easily advance to the next round when they come up against unknown amateur outfit Als Puk Tawana.

Thanda Royal Zulu host Limpopo Promotional League side Peace Lovers at Chatsworth Stadium in Durban in another match that kicks off at 7.30pm tonight. - additional reporting by Matome Lebea

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