Buccaneers gun for a treble

2011-05-26 11:58

The exciting 2010/11 Premier Soccer League is set to climax with more explosive action in the Nedbank Cup final between Orlando Pirates and Black Leopards at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

The fixture also marks the final game for the league’s outgoing chief executive Kjetil Siem who went on to praise the country for the speedy sale of tickets.

The sold-out signs for the clash at the 45 000-seater World Cup venue were already up by Monday after the tickets were only on the market for a couple of days.

Before a ball has been kicked, Leopards are already guaranteed to represent their country in Africa’s Confederation Cup next season, by virtue of them being finalists of the country’s FA Cup.

The Buccaneers, having lifted the Premiership trophy last weekend, will be campaigning in the Caf African Champions League.

Leopards will also start preparations for the league’s promotion play-offs after the Cup final as they aim to return to Premiership football having been relegated in 2008.

They face a focused Pirates outfit, chasing a treble and, according to their coach Ruud Krol, Bucs will be fully prepared.

“There are still two days before the match, but we are happy to be in the final,” said Krol.

“After celebrations last week, we were a bit off and started preparing for this game on Tuesday.

“Leopards have always been up there in cup competitions and they will be prepared mentally and physically for us.”

Lidoda Duvha coach Sunday Chidzambwa hoped his charges would soak up the moment and possibly cause an upset over the favourites on the day.
“We are going there to enjoy ourselves and we can win. Why not?” Chidzambwa said.

“We will be the underdogs against the league champions but we will fight until the end of the match.”

Chidzambwa, a former Zimbabwean national coach, added that he was looking forward to the Confederations Cup while admitting they already had one eye on the promotion play-offs.

“It is a challenge, but we are focusing on the cup final this week and next week on the play-offs,” he said.

“I’ve had the experience of playing in Africa so I am used to it and, from what I’ve heard, the club has accepted the invitation.”

Both teams are expecting a clean bill of health from their squads for the final in Nelspruit which kicks off on Saturday at 3pm. 

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