Absa Premiership

Pirates ready for URA clash

2015-04-01 14:01
Eric Tinkler (Supplied)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler hopes the friendly matches the club played recently have helped maintain their match fitness through the international break.

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The Buccaneers take on Uganda Revenue Authority in the second leg of their CAF Confederations Cup first-round tie at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala on Saturday.

The game will mark nearly two weeks since the Bucs' last competitive fixture because of the FIFA international break, and Tinkler has done all he can to make sure the squad remains match ready.

"When we play this weekend it would have effectively been two weeks since we last played a competitive match," the coach told the club's official website.

"Therefore it was also important that we keep the guys pumped and have their fitness levels high.

"The only thing I am worried about are our players who were with Bafana on national duty this weekend.

"They have not had any rest, but we will look at them tomorrow morning when they rejoin the team and assess their fitness levels and see if they are carrying injuries."

Pirates played friendlies against Witbank Spurs and Africa Sport Academy during the international break to improve match fitness and give some fringe players a chance to prove themselves.

"The objective of the friendly matches was two-fold, firstly it was to improve the match fitness of some of the players who came back from injury like Patrick Phungwayo," Tinkler said.

"Pat's showed good intensity with his performance and had no complaints of pain coming to the match. I believe his fitness levels are high and that he is for selection.

"Secondly we wanted to give players like Tshepo Gumede and Ntshikelelo Nyauza who have not been featuring regularly for the team an opportunity to get a game under their belts.

"It is vitally important that they maintain match fitness because they are capable players who continually impress at training and as such could get the nod to start for the team or come in from the bench."

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