Absa Premiership

Matlaba issues alarm warning

2015-02-16 12:49
Thabo Matlaba (Supplied)
Thabo Matlaba (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates make their first attempt at keeping their hands on the Nedbank Cup with the visit of Tornado FC this week.

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The defending champions host the relatively unknown Tornado FC in what will be a game full of nostalgia & emotions for both sides.

The Mdantsane side are mentored by Jerry “Legs of Thunder” Sikhosana, a man who needs no introduction to The Ghost, and they ply their trade in the Eastern Cape ABC Motsepe League. They are a young and fit squad that look to play an expansive passing game, and have capable players under the watchful eye of Sikhosana.

However, Thabo Matlaba issues warning that Pirates would need to be at their very best as they look to defend their trophy despite their oppositions ranking.

“Any young team that plays in important competitions will always be up for the challenge,” said Matlaba on the clubs official website.

“They will want to show that they belong and will try to make it difficult for us.

“This tournament is like the FA Cup in England where anybody can play anybody and anywhere. No seeds, no favourites, just names in a bowl and you get what you get.

“We will have to be at our best so we can start the defence of our trophy on a good note.”

Matlaba had a moment to chat about the sentimental aspect of this game. He has a history with Jerry Sikhosana from his amateur football days in Tembisa.

“Bra Jerry picked me out in Tembisa while I was playing centre back. He needed a left back in his team and he converted me to that position and that’s how my left foot improved. People think I’m naturally left footed but that’s not the case.

“My relationship with him is very strong and we communicate quite regularly. Most of the players I know from the Vodacom (now ABC Motsepe) League and we have played them before in a couple of friendlies. I know it’s going to be an interesting game because they are a very good team.”

The Nedbank Cup fixture will be played at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday, 18 February 2015.

The match is scheduled for 19:30 kick-off.

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