Pirates are under pressure – Igesund

2012-05-15 13:26

The pressure will be piled on log leaders Orlando Pirates when the Premiership race comes down to the wire this weekend, according to Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund.

The Buccaneers hold a two-point advantage at the top of the standings, with only Swallows in with a chance of toppling the title holders.

“I think, personally, there’s a lot more pressure on Pirates,” Igesund said today.

“Everybody expects Pirates to win the league. They’ve got the best team in the league.

“We’re just happy to be where we are, to be able to go out and maybe snatch it from them.”

If Pirates beat Golden Arrows in Durban, they will successfully defend the championship crown, but if they lose, the Birds can secure their maiden league title of the professional era with a draw or a win against Maritzburg United in Pietermaritzburg.

“We can’t be too concerned about what’s going to happen between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows,” Igesund said.

“Whether we finish second or third, people will remember Swallows for their performance this season.”

Igesund insisted they would not underestimate Maritzburg, who are in the bottom half of the table, as Swallows look to complete a remarkable turn around after finishing 13th last season.

“Maritzburg are a very good side,” he said.

“We are under no illusions that we’re simply going to go there and win.

“We’re going to go out there and work our butts off to try and win the title but it will be difficult against Maritzburg.” 

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