Igesund: Bucs under pressure

2012-05-15 14:34

Johannesburg - The pressure will be piled on log leaders Orlando Pirates when the Premiership race comes down to the wire this weekend, according to Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund.

The Buccaneers hold a two-point advantage at the top of the standings, with only Swallows in with a chance of toppling the title holders.

“I think, personally, there's a lot more pressure on Pirates,” Igesund said on Tuesday.

“Everybody expects Pirates to win the league. They've got the best team in the league.

"We're just happy to be where we are, to be able to go out and maybe snatch it from them.”

Pirates stand-in coach Augusto Palacios, however, brushed off Igesund's comments, claiming his counterpart was trying to play mind games.

“Gordon uses psychology. Gordon needs it,” Palacios said.

“He's saying that and that's his opinion, but he also wants to win.

"For me it's simple. I have quality players. I have the best players in the country and if Daine Klate is injured I have another one.

"If Lucky [Lekgwathi] is injured, I have another one.”

“For me, I don't put pressure on the players. Today(Tuesday) we trained with music.

"The guys wanted music while they trained, so we played music.”

If Pirates beat Golden Arrows in Durban, they will successfully defend the championship crown, but if they lose, the Birds can secure their maiden league title of the professional era with a draw or a win against Maritzburg United in Pietermaritzburg.

“We can't be too concerned about what's going to happen between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows," Igesund said.

“Whether we finish second or third, people will remember Swallows for their performance this season.”

Igesund insisted they would not underestimate Maritzburg, who are in the bottom half of the table, as Swallows look to complete a remarkable turaround after finishing 13th last season.

“Maritzburg are a very good side," he said.


  • jerry.lamola - 2012-05-15 15:15

    "if they lose, the Birds can secure their maiden league title of the professional era with a draw or a win against Maritzburg United in Pietermaritzburg." If we lose and Birds draw they will have 54 points while we will have 56 poits. So who is going to win it?

      knkuna2 - 2012-05-17 04:57

      Pirates will win da leage nakanjani n ayikho under pressure syabangena le e MOSES MABHIDA

  • Cosmas - 2012-05-15 15:40

    The championship is gone .........,.

  • mapudieric.morakiwamachacha - 2012-05-15 15:42

    'if pirates loss, swallows can sucure their maiden title in a professional era with a draw or a win at maritzburg' news24 get ur facts st8, whteva hapens 2 pirates, swallows nid a win nt a draw 2 lift de trophy. I ddnt study journalism nor communication bt i cn do beta thn this. Ths is a mediocre reporting.

  • Heiku - 2012-05-15 15:53

    Hahahahah. Igesund is just stirring and this 'journalist' used it as a platform to his/her lack of maths skills.

  • mandla.shikwambana - 2012-05-15 16:03

    Gordon u nid 2 win n pirates los or draw den d league is yours dnt play 2 draw in ur last game go pirates go.

  • Tebogo - 2012-05-15 17:05

    what happend with man united will hit pirates. a team that needs the title most is swallows and they will suprise many, proving that GORDON SHOULD MANAGE BAFANA IF WE WANT SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBAL TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN THE WORLD.

      Kwajo.m - 2012-05-15 19:51

      You got my vote on this one and the point you are raising is the best to come out of SAFA management if they decide to

  • mapioza - 2012-05-15 17:26

    We r not under any pressure. It is Swallows who are. They wish and dream of toppling us and in that, will commit mistakes that will allow Maritzburg 2 pound and finish them off. They should go and ask Ajax. We are going into this game and will emerge as champions and the rest of South African soccer fratenity will have no choice but to hail the treble masters! Up the Bucs!

      Kwajo.m - 2012-05-15 19:53

      Let's wait and see. The final verdict is around the corner.

  • Namedi - 2012-05-15 20:13

    Gordon has managed to take Swallows where it is now without breaking the bank!!! What matters most at the end of the finacial year for any company are the grey lines. As much as Swallows support has dwindled in the past years or so... one can also count the numbers of games where Pirates played on a full capacity stadium. As much as I admire the quality in the Pirates camp, I would like them to declare their returns at the end of their financial year. Pirates and Sundowns carry huge expenses, and it is about time that their supporters equate the burden by attending all the home games and also buy their merchandise as well. As for the final league day on Saturday, it's not over until the fat lady sings.

  • Tshepo - 2012-05-16 09:10

    The editor is wrong by saying if pirates lose swallows can snatch the league with a draw or a win. Pirates is 2 point in front and a draw won't be enough for swallows. They need to win and hope that pirates draws or losses its game.

  • Ofentse - 2012-05-18 09:10


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