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Lucky: Pirates up for fight

2010-10-15 10:19

Johannesburg - Lucky Lekgwathi is aware Orlando Pirates will have a bull's-eye on their back after being crowned MTN8 champions and has urged his team-mates to relish the challenge.

Bucs ended their ten-year wait to land major silverware at the start of the month and have vowed to kick on in the league.

However, their first test as a revived force is tackling a Mamelodi Sundowns side who have picked up maximum points in all four of their PSL outings this season.

Lekgwathi wants his men to put the MTN8 triumph behind them and focus on downing the high-flying Brazilians.

"(Coach Ruud) Krol was obviously happy with the cup, but was quick to warn us not to get too big-headed," he said.

"He has been getting us to concentrate on our next match and made us aware that we are now going to be targeted by other PSL teams."

Pirates are unbeaten in the league, but they have only managed to win their opening encounter against newcomers Vasco da Gama.

"The league is a marathon," added Lekgwathi. "But the coach was a bit worried that we only won our first match.

"The cup games were tougher than the league matches we have played so far, and we know we need to get those three points from Sundowns this weekend."

Pirates downed arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows en-route to lifting the cup and the skipper feels they will be on an "equal footing" with Sundowns, who overcame champions SuperSport in the league last month. 

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Comments
  • lolo - 2010-10-15 10:49

    Lucky from what i can see you are currently the weakest link in our defence. So please cut out all those silly mistakes, because against killer we cannot afford nonsense like that. To the coach, please play Teko Modise next to Andile Jali. Those guys could complement each other brilliantly. Its about time Teko went back to his old box to box role. That worked wonders for Parreira and for Da Gama. Let Tlou and Mabalane do the damage on the wings. Get Mbuyane and Mashego to run rings around the slow sundowns back four. Ontorogu will be easily concelled out by booth. So he won't help us much in this game.

  • vincent - 2010-10-15 12:00

    I THINK ITS ABOUT TIME THE COACH PLAY MODISE.HE'S OF A QUALITY PLAYER AND WE DO NEED PLAYER LIKE HIM TO BEAT THE LIKES OF MAMELODI SUNDOWNS OF SATURDAY.AND PUT THE LIKES OF MBUYANE ON THE BENCH,HE'S NOT SERIOUS..

  • macdonald - 2010-10-15 12:07

    ALL ICAN SAY IS THAT IF PIRATES WANT TO BEAT DOWNS THEY NEED TO PLAY TEKO AND JALI IN THE MIDDLE PLEASE KROL NO TEKO IN THE WING PUT HIM IN THE MIDDLE YOU WILL SEE THE GENERAL THAT WE KHOW.

  • Bucs Faithful - 2010-10-15 12:42

    @ lolo please leave Lucky alone. Are you aware how many times did Lucky save Bucs by scoring either equalizing or winning goals? Are you Lucky is a defender? I don't think you know Lucky that much. Please if you don't have anything to say just shut up. No offence but the truth all my fellow Bucs fans know.

  • Thabo - 2010-10-15 13:23

    Jali can fight for the ball Teko can feed the flanks and the strikers, he's done it so well in the past. Lucky must learn to relax and not try to do everything at the back. that leads him to commit mistakes we cant affored that. Cheese and Vilakazi not this time. Kroll needs to brave

  • Rhulane Stan Nkuzana - 2010-10-15 14:37

    I am a die-hard Bucs fan & would dearly love to see us conquering all in our path. However I would like to remind the guys that winning the MTN8 has now put added pressure on us to perform, always. Tomorrow we will not only be facing Sundowns but a thousand other odds. Like when we played the final against Kaizer Swallows.

  • Buda Maleps - 2010-10-15 16:15

    Pirates has never been a threat to us. They might have won the Mtn 8 but the Sundawana's gonna send them crashing back to planet earth. Its just unfortunate they met the wrong team after their cup win. It would've been a better moral boost if they met Chiefs or something. At least they would know with other teams they stood a chance of winning! We only win by two goals this season. Shapa Sundawana Shapa!

  • LETONA - 2010-10-15 23:27

    Sundowns have long been a hodoo team for us,2moro Baka shushu gonna end that.QUALITY,TALENT AND EXPERIENCE gonna win silverwares for us this year,ONLY IF KROL STAY AWAKE.Our striking force must score more goals, draws and looses are totaly not acceptable.Viva the HAPPY PEOPLE Viva!

  • Msizeni - 2010-10-19 12:19

    We want to see Modise on charge of the game next time.we are happy that we've won the last game,we played with Mamelodi sundowns.we don't want to see a quality player like Modise out of the game.

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