Palacios eyes Durban success

2012-05-17 09:50

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios is confident of clinching the PSL title in Durban at the weekend.

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The Sea Robbers, who are two points ahead of sole challengers Moroka Swallows at the summit, will end their season against Golden Arrows on Saturday.

Victory will guarantee Bucs - the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout champions - a second straight treble, with Palacios rating his team's prospects at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"The fact that we are playing in Durban is a bigger motivation because Durban is like home for us," he told Pirates' official website.

"Our supporters are traveling from all corners of the country to inspire us in this tough match.

"I am certain that my players will be at their best."

The Peruvian added that he has sought to ease the pressure on his charges ahead of the decisive clash.

"This week I have decided to change things a bit at training. I want the players to relax and not think too much about the game on Saturday," he said.

"The training sessions have been very relaxed. I've introduced music and some other fun elements to get them off thinking too much about Arrows."

Palacios concluded by reiterating his faith in his star-studded outfit, which includes Bafana Bafana talents in Oupa Manyisa and Siyabonga Sangweni among others.

He said: "I've said it before and I will say it again, I believe I have the best players in the league and they are ready for whatever comes at them on the weekend. This situation is not new to them.

"Orlando Pirates has a lot of responsibility with this match and we hope things will work out for us on Saturday."

Swallows will also end their campaign in Durban against Maritzburg United on the same day.


  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-17 10:34

    I hope Bucs draw and Swallows wins. Now that would be something else, I hope Palacios eats humble pie. But honestly Pirates have been playing fantastic soccer, they would be deserved back-to-back treble winners

      mogomotsi.segodi - 2012-05-17 10:50

      Tis u hu wil eat a humble-pie my friend! U sound lyke a Khosikasi fan,try nxt season! We win anada treble dis season*Im xcite!* lyke Borat would say!

      matome.saku - 2012-05-17 11:49

      Motho wa mmona ha e se LEBHAKABHAKA!!....Joina joina...!!Joina Bhakania...Once and Always!!

  • loyiso.sijaji - 2012-05-17 11:12

    Its our destiny to Rule the PSL till 2020, This is the Ghost Era ppl must embrace it, its like a Democracy change, many years ppl have been marginalized by the Family Business FC.

  • lmapheto - 2012-05-17 11:19

    Re bapala le bashanyana re bapala le bashanya...Prirates dumela...dumelaaa dumelaaa Pirates dumela dumela hio dumela...otla resheba o re shebe o tla re shebela mahala...o tla bolawa ke dipelo dumela dumela hio dumela...At this moment ladies and gents, even the infants know who are the champions in this country...come what may...i sent my sincere thanks to Dr. Ivan Khoza to invest so much in the club to bring us the best of the best...if it wasnt for you the standard of football in this country will be in the hands of the average...Cheers!!! to all the soccer lover lets wish Amakhosi their last win they dont really deserve it by we are tired of their long faces...

  • mokgokoharry - 2012-05-17 11:26

    Ye wena Long Player Maoeu till today you guys don't get it.By 5pm you will be fast asleep with your birds and zebras at the Naurena Zoo. Ha ha ha

  • matome.saku - 2012-05-17 11:39

    UP THE BUCS!! The spirit of the skull and the crossbones. Tse ntsho ka nkane...!!ONCE AND ALWAYS !! I love Orlando Pirates!!

  • descient.shibambo - 2012-05-17 11:57

    Am waiting 4 title but I can't be exited as am buccaneer,I know things happen at last even on saturday we going 2 be happy people again once pirates always pirates shapa buccaneer shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  • Sifiso Mngadi - 2012-05-17 12:40

    rose frm the ashes they have the bucs but the dube birds r stil flyin high!!!

  • Cosmas - 2012-05-17 14:23

    We are the Champions again...............Up the Bucs!!!

      Godfrey - 2012-05-18 08:14

      My celebration for the title start today,,we already at the finish line with the flag waving....up the Bucs...

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