Cape Town - Orlando Pirates bagged two essential friendly
victories as they recuperate ahead of the returning PSL.
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With a little over a week to go before the resumption of the
ABSA Premiership, the Orlando Pirates players have intensified their efforts to
gain match fitness. The Team took part in two friendly matches against tough
opposition in the form of Sagrada Esperanca (Angola) and Inter (Mozambique)
According to the clubs official website, the first of the
friendlies (vs Esperanca) took place in the morning, with the Buccaneers
winning 1-0 courtesy of a Mpho Makola free kick from the edge of the box in the
The second match (vs Inter) saw Pirates put in a strong
performance, beating the visitors 2-1 with first half goals from Lehlohonolo
Majoro and Sifiso Myeni.
“In the first match
we wanted to give some of the (Multichoice) Diski Challenge youngsters a run
against tough opposition before their quarterfinal this weekend,” said the
Buccaneers’ technical team’s
performance and technical analyst, Rayaan Jacobs.
“We mixed them up with seniors such as Makola, Bibo
(Ntshumayelo), Gabuza and Gumede. They all did a great job, stuck to the plan
and guided the youngsters through the course of the match.
“I think the plan worked wonderfully. You could see some of
the youngsters gaining in confidence and performing really well too, like
Mthokozisi Sithole who plays at right and left back, as well as Khanya Gwala
the centre back”, said Jacobs.
“The objective of the two matches especially against African
opposition was two-fold: firstly we wanted to get the players match-fit by
playing a full 90 minutes; secondly, to give the guys a feel for the
continental teams since we may possibly play Angolan opposition in our first
CAF (Confederations Cup) match.”
“We are also mindful of the fact that we have an away
fixture against AmaZulu around the corner (February 11), and we know it will be
tough like every other match at this level, so we are doing our best to make
the sure the guys are physically and mentally prepared for that encounter as
well” concluded Jacobs.