Cape Town - Orlando Pirates interim coach Rhulani Mokwena has
hinted that Ntsikelelo Nyauza will step up to lead the side in the Soweto derby
on Saturday in the absence of regular skipper Happy Jele.
Jele was shown a red card in an Absa Premiership encounter
against Maritzburg on Tuesday and will, therefore, miss the big match against
Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium.
Mokwena though said Nyauza has shown enough leadership
skills to fill the void left by Jele.
In quotes published in the Sowetan, Mokwena talked up
Nyauza's leadership capabilities: "I want to express a special word to him
because at the beginning of the season he was not playing.
"He has done well to win his place in the team. I call
him the beast. He is colossal.
"He wins his aerial duels and he is not afraid to pick
up players on his own. He has an unbelievable presence in the changing room and
he's a leader."
It will be the second Soweto derby to be played in seven
days after the Buccaneers lost out on penalties in the Telkom Knockout
quarterfinal clash played last weekend.
Mokwena said his players know how important the clash against
Chiefs is to the fans and club.
"They are human beings and know what the derby means to
the club and themselves as players," Mokwena said.
"It's was clear in certain moments that their bodies
were here with me, but their minds were on the other side of town at the FNB
"It's okay they are humans and we just have to make
sure we get into the right frame of mind."
- TeamTalk Media