Absa Premiership

Pirates look to bounce back

2014-01-22 13:14
Ayanda Gcaba (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates look to bounce back from their weekend loss when they take on AmaZulu in their Premiership match at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Thursday night.

Pirates lost 2-1 to SuperSport United and defender Ayanda Gcaba believes playing Usuthu gives them a perfect chance to fix the mistakes they made at Orlando Stadium.

“The loss to SuperSport wasn’t nice. A lot was expected from us coming from the break and we thought our first game was going to be a good start,” said Gcaba.

“Now we have to rectify the mistakes we made in that game when we play AmaZulu. We have been trying new combinations for this upcoming game."

The Bucs centre-half believes some star players could be rested and others be afforded a chance. Among these is Mozambique recruit, Helder Pelembe, who made his debut against United.

“I think key players will be rested and the new boys are going to play this game.

“Especially Pelembe. He came on later in the second half in the last game and tried his best but it was already late for him to do anything.

"Probably in this game he will get a fair chance to show what kind of a player he is. From what we have seen, Pelembe is a good player."

A clean sheet and maximum points against AmaZulu would be a priority for Gcaba and his team mates.

"I will be happy with a clean sheet.

"The most important thing will be that we keep a clean sheet. It's been a while since we last kept a clean sheet. We also need to score goals to get those three points.

"It’s going to be an all-out attack, AmaZulu are not a defensive team. Their coach is always looking at ways to counter how we play and we also have to counter their play so that it suits us better."

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