THERE are just two points separating log leaders Ajax Cape Town and Nedbank Cup finalists Orlando Pirates, and the Buccaneers’ winger, Tlou ‘Speedy Gonzalez’ Segolela believes Pirates can still snatch the title on Saturday.
Pirates welcome out of the top eight Golden Arrows in their final clash of the 2010\11 Absa Premiership campaign at Orlando Stadium, kick-off at 3pm.
Segolela was at pains to point out that Pirates’ title aspirations have not been surrendered yet. Their optimism could be based on the fact that they have stayed with the chasing pack, despite a few setbacks.
With third placed Kaizer Chiefs breathing new life into the Absa Premiership title race when they beat Ajax Cape Town 4-0 a fortnight ago, Pirates must be cursing themselves that they spurned a priceless opportunity to close in on the log leaders after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Santos in Cape Town on the same day.
However, as things stand, Pirates with 57 points can still win it, provided they beat Abafana Besthende and hope that Ajax, with 59 points, lose to Maritzburg United.
As Segolela put it, “There is no need for us to look back and point fingers because we are still in it. Despite the odds heavily stacked against us, and With Ajax tipped as favourites, we all believe that we still have everything to play for on the final day of the season. This is football and miracles can happen.
“We are definitely not going to focus on how Ajax and Chiefs fare in their games, but our mission is to collect all the three points on offer against Arrows.”
High on confidence, following their 1-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup, the plan according to Segolela is to collect all the three points before completing their mission with another victory against Black Leopards in the final of the Nedbank Cup, but they are taking it one game at a time
But whether Pirates’ strategy is viable against an Arrows who, despite their lacklustre performance, come from a win over AmaZulu in their last league encounter will be clear by the end of ninety minutes on Saturday.
Segolela admitted that they would be faced with a mammoth task against Arrows, “They have nothing to lose and they will be out to try and spoil the party for us. This is our last chance and we are ready.”
From the Arrows’ camp, Mzivukile Tom said they are disappointed that they failed to qualify for the MTN8 cup competition, but are going to Orlando Stadium with a win in mind to finish the season on a high note.
“We are aware that Pirates will rely on their home turf advantage, but a plan has been put in place to make things difficult for them. They beat us 1-0 in our first round encounter and we intend to use this game to avenge the defeat they inflicted on us to retain our pride. We expect Pirates to throw everything on us, but we are not going to give Pirates the three points on a silver platter,” concluded the Arrows man.-Backpagepix