The Brazilians meet their match in Pirates

Two teams riding high on a tonic of confidence and self motivation are Mamelodi Sundowns, who have been victorious in all their league games to this point in the season, and Orlando Pirates who recently won the MTN8 Cup.

Now the two inform teams will Two teams riding high on a tonic of confidence and self motivation are Mamelodi Sundowns, who have been victorious in all meet in what will be a titanic struggle in an Absa Premiership battle on Saturday afternoon at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Attridgeville, kick-off at 3.30pm.

The drama will unfold live on SuperSport 4, Channel 204 on DSTV.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Antonio Lopez Habas has already been awarded the Absa Premiership coach of the month for September after his side’s strong start to the season.

Despite his team playing an exciting brand of football, characterised by a strong back line, complemented by an industrious midfield and rounded off with a deadly strike force, the Spaniard has warned his team not to take Pirates lightly.

According to Habas, Pirates victory in the MTN8 Final makes them all the more dangerous, “Pirates are the favourite for this game. They won the cup and have the momentum, self belief and a lot of motivation from their cup triumph ahead of the game.”

Habas as he explains has covered all his bases in preparation for what could be an early season title booster, “we have won our last four games and we will give our best. We expect a tough game. Taking care of the smaller details like being able to defend better at set pieces could decide the outcome of the game.”

While Sundowns may have begun the season like the proverbial house on fire, Habas feels that their ability to knuckle down and focus on the task at hand has helped them remain focused.

“We have not begun to get carried away because we have won four games. Instead we will continue to work day by day and think match by match” concluded the coach.

In the meantime his opposite number, Ruud Krol, says that Sundowns will provide a tough test of his team’s title credentials. Krol, though, will be fully aware of the fact that despite their cup triumph Pirates league form has not been on the same level as Sundowns.

“Sundowns are a difficult opponent who loves playing beautiful football. Their coach likes them to play good football and they have played well in all of their matches and have only let in one goal” divulged Krol.

What has pleased Krol is the fact that his under fire midfielder Teko Modise played the full 90 minutes for Bafana Bafana during their Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Sierra Leone last Sunday.

“It is really good for Teko that he got to play in Sierra Leone and that he did well in the game” remarked Krol who hoped that all of his players who were on internationally duty at the weekend will be able to make a smooth transition back to club football.

“The guys have had four days to prepare with us and hopefully they will be ready to face an opponent who are in great form” added the Pirates coach who has now set his sights firmly on lifting the league title at the end of the season. “The time to celebrate winning the MTN8 Cup has passed. Instead it is time to focus on winning the championship.”

Pirates will be without midfield kingpin Isaac Chansa for the game as he is serving a suspension while Sundowns are expected to be at full strength for the game.-Backpagepix


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