PSL

Makola wary of revitalised Ea Lla Koto

2016-11-18 15:28
Mpho Makola (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola makes no bones about Bucs' desire to fight for points, but has stressed caution ahead of their clash with an improved Free State Stars on Saturday.

The Soweto giants take on the revitalised Ea Lla Koto in a crucial Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, with kick-off at 6pm. 

While Bucs have gone five matches without a victory, including a 6-1 thumping by SuperSport United that led to Muhsin Ertugral stepping down, the Bethlehem side are yet to clinch a first win of the season in eight outings to date. 

And while Pirates come into this game on the back of a cup win over Highlands Park, Stars have not lost in their last five games, and claimed a penalty shootout win over Kaizer Chiefs in their last match.

Ahead of the tie, the Bafana Bafana midfielder told Vodacom Soccer: "Going to Saturday's game we know what to expect from Free State [Stars] because they have proved to be an improved side lately. 

"And there is no doubt they will come to Saturday's clash with their confidence on a high, following their Telkom Knockout victory over Chiefs. 

"But unfortunately they will find us in a mean mood because we are fired up to go all out for vital points in this game to beat our inconsistent league run."

"We need a win at all costs in this upcoming clash. Five matches without victory is a bitter pill to swallow for the Bucs' faithful," added Makola. 

Pirates and Stars may have endured an inconsistent league run so far this season, but both sides' knock-out successes has seen them reach the Telkom Knockout semi-final stage.

The Buccaneers take on SuperSport in a much anticipated encounter next Saturday, 26 November, as Ea Lla Koto take on Cape Town City.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
13 December 2016
Cape Town City FC v Platinum Stars, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v Orlando Pirates, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
14 December 2016
Golden Arrows v Wits, Chatsworth Stadium 19:30
Kaizer Chiefs v Bloemfontein Celtic, FNB Stadium 19:30
Free State Stars v Baroka FC, Goble Park 19:30
Highlands Park v Ajax Cape Town, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v Chippa United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
16 December 2016
Mamelodi Sundowns v Orlando Pirates, Lucas Moripe Stadium 00:00
Cape Town City FC v SuperSport United, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2016/17 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.