Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba believes the Buccaneers can still catch log leaders Kaizer Chiefs and contest for the 2014/15 Absa Premiership crown.
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With only 10 league games remaining, the Buccaneers are trailing their perennial rivals by 12 points but the deficit could be reduced, depending on how both teams play during the week.
The 27-year-old fullback hinted that interim coach, Eric Tinkler, urged them to keep fighting until the end, being optimistic of great rewards despite all the odds against them.
“The coach told us to keep believing in ourselves,” said Matlaba.
“He told us to try by all means to win every game we play.
“Maybe we’ll catch Chiefs; it’s still possible to do that.
“We don’t know what will happen but we have to believe that.
“We just have to take every game we play very serious.”
The Sea Robbers are coming off an impressive 3-1 win over Polokwane City on Saturday, and “Festival” revealed that their game plan was to catch Rise and Shine on the counter attack.
“It takes one game at a time.”
“We all know Polokwane City is a difficult team to play against at the moment.
“They are playing good football and they always attack in numbers and our plan was to always catch them on a counter attack.
“And it worked for us on the day.”
In their next assignment, Pirates face Free State Stars at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 19:30.