Absa Premiership

Pirates to cope without stars

2015-06-23 09:21
Thamsanqa Gabuza (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach, Eric Tinkler, has insisted that he has a plan to deal with the absence of suspended Rooi Mahamustsa and Thamsanqua Gabuza when they play in the CAF Confederation Cup.

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Gabuza has been in great form of late for both Pirates and the national team but Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro are fit and ready for the clash.

Tinkler told Pirates official website that he is well covered in both attack and defence.

“Look, obviously we would like to have all our players available for selection so I’d be lying if I said we wouldn’t miss them but having said that we have capable players who are ready to step up and continue from where these two have left off and I suppose that is the beauty of coaching a well-balanced side,” Tinkler said.

“We have other defenders who have regularly done well for us in the competition thus far, I mean it is vitally important that we are getting back the services of Siyabonga Sangweni who had been doing well prior to his suspension ahead of the second leg against AS Kaloum.

“It also works in our favour that our players were also had a good run with Bafana Bafana recently, including the likes of Tshepo Gumede, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Patrick Phungwayo and Thabo Matlaba in defence.

“With regards to our striking department we have enough options, I mean we have (Lennox) Bacela, (Lehlohonolo) Majoro, (Kermit) Erasmus and (Helder) Pelembe is back at training so we have enough options to choose from upfront.”

Tinkler and his charges will travel to the Republic of Congo on Thursday, June 25 to prepare for the game against AC Leopards at the Stade Denis Sassou Nguesso Stadium on Saturday, 27 June.

Kick-off is at 16:30 (SA time).

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