Ahead of the Soweto derby DStv Premiership games against Kaizer Chiefs this weekend, Orlando Pirates have a tough encounter against Cape Town City in the league and co-coach Mandla Ncikazi says it is vital for the club to rack up maximum points.
The Buccaneers host the Capetonians at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday, just three days after Bucs played their third game in the Café Confederation Cup, winning 6-2 against eSwatini team Royal Leopards after a poor start when they lost 2-0. trailed within the first 10 minutes of the game.
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The Pirates’ strong comeback in the Leopards match should be a morale boost as they head to Cape Town, which Ncikazi knows will be a highly competitive showdown. But he’s eager to see his team register maximum points, which he believes is vital for the Buccaneers.
“We have to move quickly to the PSL, a tough program and we have to know that we are playing against well-equipped opponents. We just played on Sunday, recovery … There is nothing we can do today (Tuesday), “said the Bucs mentor.
“But we have to be prepared for a top team like Cape Town. We have to try again to play our best game, try to see how far we can go and be sensible in how we manage the game against a team that is fresh. But we will try to get points, I think it’s important for us at the moment to get three points.”
Pirates are fourth on the log with 31 points from 20 games and if they win they will push through to second place.
Meanwhile, it is important for Eric Tinkler’s Cape City at this stage to accumulate as many points as possible as the club is currently outside the top eight. They are in ninth place with 26 points after 18 games. The Mother City club enters this game after beating Golden Arrows 1-0 in their last game.
The last time Bucs and Cape City played the horns, they split the spoils after a 1-1 draw with goals from Happy Jele and Mduduzi Mndantsane respectively.