Cape Town - In what he describes as "the final before the final" Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele admits he did not expect to meet high-flying Mamelodi Sundowns in the next round of the Nedbank Cup.
The Buccaneers face a tough task in their battle for the Ke Yona semi-final spot against the tournament-defending champions later this month, with the Chloorkop outfit set to host the tie at a venue yet to be announced.
The Bucs fullback is confident that they can be victorious, looking at their recent rise in form after a slow start to the campaign, which included a double defeat to the Brazilians earlier in the season.
"The draw came as a surprise but we are looking forward to it and we are all going to focus on the day we play Sundowns," Jele said.
"We are looking forward to it and hopefully we can do well on the day. But I think we are okay with the way things are now. Since we started this competition we have been playing away and it is going well so far. We hope we will win the game.
"The technical team has been doing well by letting in consistency and so far the team has been doing that, and we are looking forward to progressing to the next round.
"So far we can say it is the final before the final because it is big teams and the game will attract a lot of people, and as players we love to playing in such games.
"Sundowns, we respect them, they have been doing well and we will try to do our best as a team, and I'm confident with the form we are in we will do the job."