Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Augusto Palacios is confident his side can
overcome Moroka Swallows at the Dobsonville Stadium on Wednesday, saying
that a hunger for places motivates his players.
Palacios, who took over from the sacked Julio Leal in March, says
he fosters competition between his players and hopes they try harder to
get into the team when they know their place isn't assured.
Palacios said ahead of the midweek clash: "The challenge against Swallows will be very difficult.
"But we have a competitive squad and everybody competes for a
starting place. We don't have a situation where the starting XI is set
"There's commitment and discipline from everyone and they fight for a place. I like competition.
"We have a nice situation whereby if one player is missing, the other one comes in and performs well.
"Benni was suspended for our last match (against Jomo Cosmos) and
Drogba (Bongani Ndulula) came in and scored. (Rudolf) Bester also
scored. So we have to assess the team and decide who plays."
Pirates are aiming to defend their league title and are in second
place, behind Mamelodi Sundowns but level on points. The Dube birds are
in third, four points behind Bucs, so it will not be an easy encounter
for either team.
Of the game's importance, the Peruvian tactician added: "We have
to get maximum points. We don't have to concern ourselves much about
other challengers like Sundowns, Swallows or Chiefs. Our job is to win
all our games.
"Swallows have done extremely well and I'm not surprised that
they are in the title race. They came back from two goals down to draw
with Ajax in Cape Town.
"Their key players like (Joseph) Makhanya, (Bennett) Chenene and
Siyabonga (Nomvete) are all playing well, so we'll have to be careful."
The game is scheduled for an 20:00 kick-off.