Orlando Pirates legend Benedict "Tso" Vilakazi has urged the club's players to use their CAF Confederation Cup game against Enyimba as a confidence booster going into the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs.
The Buccaneers will host the two-time Champions League winners in Group A at Orlando Stadium tomorrow at 6pm.
Bucs will visit Chiefs in the derby in the DStv Premiership on Sunday afternoon (3.30). However, Vilakazi would like the players to take care of business in the Confed Cup before they can shift their focus towards the derby.
Enyimba opened their Confed Cup account with a 2-1 home win over Al-Ahli Benghazi of Libya, while Bucs played to a goalless draw against ES Setif of Algeria in Ghana.
“The derby will be played at the weekend, but it’s time for the players to put their focus on the Confed Cup. They must focus on it and use it to build confidence for the derby. Pirates have the quality needed to beat Enyimba.
"It’s up to the players how they will treat this game. They did well by taking a point away from home against Setif. The home game is a must-win for them. If you don’t win your home matches you won’t progress to the knockout stages,” Vilakazi told Sowetan.
The former Bafana Bafana midfielder expects a physical battle from the West African club. However, he says that Bucs have the speed and pace needed to beat the Nigerians and walk away with the three points from the home fixture.
Bucs beat Enyimba over two legs 2-1 in 2006 when they won 1-0 in Soweto and drew 1-1 in Nigeria. Vilakazi, who also goes by the nickname of the "Little Napoleon", thinks that the visitors will play for a point as they won their first game in the group.
“Bucs must aim for the three points. Bafana v Nigeria games are competitive and no-one wants to lose. Nigerian clubs do not like losing to SA [clubs] and SA [clubs] do not like losing to them. It is a rivalry. It is going to be a physical contest, but Bucs have speed and enough quality and depth on the bench to win the game,” said an optimistic Vilakazi.
Pirates will hope to have Richard Ofori back from injury after he limped off in the match against Setif after15 minutes. Siyabonga Mpontshane replaced him.
CAF Champions League
Today: Sundowns v TP Mazembe, Loftus, 6pm; Petro v Chiefs, Luanda, 6pm
CAF Confederation Cup
Tomorrow: Pirates v Enyimba, Orlando, 6pm
Friday: Stellenbosch v SuperSport, Danie Craven Stadium, 5pm
Saturday: Golden Arrows v Cape Town, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, 3pm; Baroka v Celtic, Peter Mokaba Stadium, 3.30pm; Chippa v Swallows, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, 3.30pm; TS Galaxy v Maritzburg, Mbombela, 5pm
Sunday: Chiefs v Pirates, FNB Stadium, 3.30pm; AmaZulu v Tshakuma, Kings Park Stadium, 3.30pm; Sundowns v Leopards, Loftus Versfeld Stadium, 5pm.