Absa Premiership

Rakhale: Bucs can turn things around

2017-01-20 10:21
Thabo Rakhale of Orlando Pirates in a neck and neck race for the ball with Thuso Phala of Supersport United during the 2016 Telkom Knockout semifinal. (Samuel Shivambu, BackpagePix)

Cape Town - Orlando Pirates winger Thabo Rakhale has expressed optimism on seeing the team make a strong comeback when the Premiership resumes in February.

Pirates have been experiencing a turbulent season to date, having ended the 2016 in 10th place on the table with 18 points from 13 games, on the back of two consecutive defeats to Maritzburg United and Bloemfontein Celtic.

"As Pirates players we know what is expected from us when PSL campaign resumes next month, having had a disappointing finish in our last two games before the festive break," Rakhale told Vodacom Soccer.

"Pirates is a big team with a huge support base, and it's understandable for our supporters to be unhappy with the team's current situation.

"But at the same time we urge them to not lose confidence in the team, because we are working hard and more determined to make a strong comeback in the second round.

"It's not like we don't feel the pain as they (supporters) do, but it's just a matter of time before we turn the corner and put a smile on their faces.

"Look, with 13 games and two games to play before finishing our first round, I'm much optimistic we have what it takes to turn things around.

"We will have four crucial games when resuming our PSL campaign, against Wits, Platinum Stars, Sundowns and Wits again.

"Well, those would be tough encounters in a short space of time, but we can't wait for PSL's resumption to play and die for each other on the field."

The Soweto giants will resume the league campaign against Bidvest Wits at Ellis Park on February 3.

Kick off is at 20:00.

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