Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates defender Ntsikelelo Nyauza believes that their much needed win over Chippa United was a morale booster.
The Happy People humiliated the Chilli Boys with a 4-1 triumph to register their first win of the season at the Orlando stadium on Tuesday, August 18.
The Soweto giants take this victory into the weekend against AC Leopards of Congo, Brazzaville in the CAF Confederations Cup encounter.
Kermit Erasmus, Ayanda Ngcaba and a brace from Mpho Makola were sufficient to hand the Buccaneers three points while the Port Elizabeth based outfit grabbed a consolation goal courtesy of Buyani Sali.
Nyauza, 25, said that the Sea Robbers were battling to find their rhythm in the first half but they started to connect after the interval and were duly rewarded.
“We didn’t penetrate in the first twenty minutes of the game,” insisted Nyauza.
“But when the game went by we tried to penetrate and taking shots at goal.
“And in the second half, we were far much better than the first half.
“We really needed to win to boost our confidence heading to the game on Saturday.
“So our win tonight [Tuesday] will play a crucial role on Saturday against AC Leopards.
“Thanks to the coach, players, management team and the supporters as well.”
Pirates will now switch their focus back to the continental show piece as they will be looking to seal their semi-final spot this weekend.
Kick-off is at 18:00.