Bucs to attack champs

2009-10-20 12:22

ORLANDO Pirates will go for broke and attack when they face

defending Absa Premiership champions SuperSport United in their top-of the-table

clash at Atteridgeville´s Super Stadium tomorrow night. Kick-off is at

7.30pm.

That was the message from Bucs’ coach Ruud Krol after his side

surrendered their unbeaten league record when they lost 1-0 at the Orlando

Stadium to a fired-up Santos last Saturday.

Pirates’ strike force was way off target against Santos and Krol

realises this is a crunch clash between the teams sharing the top spot in the

premiership.

Bucs and United head the standings with 19 points from 10

fixtures.

Krol also realises that two draws and a loss in Bucs’ last three

matches was not good enough for a club that hopes to dethrone United. But a win

on Wednesday will go a long way to underline their championship potential.

Said the Buccaneers spokesperson, Mickey Modisane: “We learnt a

lesson form Santos. The coach knows the team is under pressure and there is not

a better match to bounce back with than to beat the champions in their

backyard.

“To this end the coach has promised to take the game to United and

attack them. This is our plan B for United.”

Krol fielded Terror Fanteni and Gert Schalkwyk as his strikers

against Santos and both fired blanks. Waiting in the wings are Dennis Masina,

Siphelele Mthembu, Ndumiso Mabena and Katlego Mashego.

Modisane also stressed to his club’s fans that the loss to Santos

was not a train smash and that Bucs would regain their winning ways.

“It was a bit of a wake-up call but it is not the end of the world

for us or our title ambitions. But the game against SuperSport is crucial.

“Beating them at the Super Stadium will go a long way in rebuilding

our title challenge.”

What has worried Krol is the recent sluggish form of three of his

four Bafana Bafana stars in defender Lucas Thwala, holding midfielder and

skipper Benson Mhlongo, and playmaker Teko Modise.

The trio looked tired against Santos after playing in both Bafana’s

disappointing Scandinavian tour matches where Bafana were beaten 1-0 by Norway

in Oslo and by lowly Iceland by the sane margin in Reykjavik last week.

Modise in particular looked tired and needs a break. The only

player not affected by Bafana’s trip to Norway and Iceland was goalkeeper

Moeneeb Josephs, who was again in control of his penalty area despite a poor

showing by his defenders.

But said Modisane: “We hope the three outfield players get enough

time to rest before the big top-of-the-log clash against United and will be back

to their best.”

Bucs are minus fringe players Joseph Makhanya, Oupa Manyisa and

newcomer Mduduzi Nyanda, who are on duty in Zimbabwe for a South African

Development squad playing in the annual Cosafa Cup.

United coach Gavin Hunt is quietly confident after the way his side

tore into Mpumalanga Black Aces 5-0 in Emalahleni (Witbank) at the

weekend.

“We cannot rest and think the job is done after beating Aces.

Pirates will be a whole new ball game and will be desperate to make amends for

losing their unbeaten record. It is going to be an interesting 90

minutes.”

The other big match on the Wednesday-night calendar is the showdown

at Orlando Stadium (7.30pm), where Kaizer Chiefs host Moroka Swallows in a

Soweto Derby.

The Birds revived their hopes of upsetting their arch rivals

Amakhosi after defeating Maritzburg United 2-0 at Dobsonville on the

weekend.

Chiefs appear to have regained their fighting spirit with a

sparkling 2-2 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns in a highly charged clash at the

Super Stadium at the weekend.

BidVest Wits, the only side left with their unbeaten record intact,

will be hoping to stretch that record to 11 matches when they host struggling

Aces at the Milpark Stadium. Kick-off is at 8pm.

 

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