Absa Premiership

Ntshumayelo wants payback

2015-04-28 11:38
Thandani Ntshumayelo (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani 'Bibo' Ntshumayelo is determined to exact some semblance of revenge when his side takes on SuperSport United.

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The Buccaneers have picked up just two points from their last three league fixtures, the most recent of which saw Eric Tinkler's men held to a goalless draw by Pretoria University at Orlando Stadium.

As a result, Pirates are now three points behind second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, who will face recently, crowned Premiership champions Kaizer Chiefs.

Pirates will look to avenge their two cup eliminations at the hands of SuperSport by producing a strong performance at home.

"As players we are definitely not happy with that result and we will be looking to rectify it when we meet them on Wednesday," Ntshumayelo told the club's official website.

"We respect that they are a good team but there is a bigger picture for Pirates, we want to compete in the Champions League next year and the best way for us to do that is to go out there, dictate play and make sure we take all three points.

"Look, the fact is that any club that plays against Pirates wants to beat us. They are high in confidence because of their win against us in the Nedbank Cup.

"They have beaten us twice this season and we also have tasted victory twice so this will be the 'decider' in terms of who gets the bragging rights for the season."

When asked what kind of tactical approach he expected SuperSport to adopt, Ntshumayelo added: "The approach was different on the two occasions when they beat us.

"For the first match (in the Telkom Knockout) they played a high tempo counter attack game where they used their wingers to good effect and in the Nedbank Cup they applied a high pressure approach which prevented us from building from the back. It will be interesting to see what the coach has up his sleeve this time around.

"No one needs to remind us that they eliminated us out of two cup competitions this season, it is always on the back of our minds therefore we simply cannot allow them to beat us for a third time.

"We are not going out there with notions of exacting revenge, but we will be going there to play for our pride as players and to defend the honour of our club.

"I am sure the coach and Technical team will work out a plan on how to approach this match but I think the important thing is to make sure we get early goals and that we control the match from the first minute up until the final whistle."

Kick-off is at 19:30 on Wednesday, April 29.


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