Pirates must dictate terms: Josephs

2012-03-08 11:08

No 1 goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs says Orlando Pirates need to dictate their Nedbank Cup first round meeting with minnows Ethekwini Coastal in Umlazi on Saturday to set the tone in their title defence.

Pirates’ closest rivals, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, had dominant wins over amateur opponents last week, changing the trend of a competition noted for giant-killing feats.

“We don’t know them but it’s important that we go there and dictate to them,” Josephs said. “Not to say we will underestimate them, but we will go there and play our own game, which will be key for us.

“Anyone playing Pirates is always motivated and hoping to get a win.”

Coastal coach Lindani Shezi said his enthusiastic team treasured the experience they would receive against a star-studded Buccaneers squad.

“If you want to be the best, you must be able to compete against the best,” Shezi said. “We all know that Pirates is one of the biggest teams in South Africa.”

Coastal, the KwaZulu-Natal south coast outfit, campaign in the regional third division.

Meanwhile, in Dobsonville tomorrow, 2009 champions Moroka Swallows square up against fellow Absa Premiership club Bidvest Wits, who lifted the cup in 2010.

Swallows coach Gordon Igesund said the league challengers would be in the hunt for goals. “That is my philosophy. I’d rather lose 4-3 than play for a draw.

“We come from a 10-day break, which won’t make things easy for us, but we are motivated.”

The Beautiful Birds have a full squad available for selection, while Wits have been hit with critical long-term injuries to Thando Mngomeni, Brad Ritson and top striker Ryan Chapman.

“A lot of guys might be out but we should have enough depth in our squad,” said Wits coach Roger de Sa.

The young Clever Boys outfit were runners-up in the Telkom Knockout four months ago.

“Swallows will definitely be a test of the sides’s character,” De Sa said. “But my youngsters haven’t stopped surprising me with their performances.”

On Saturday, Free State Stars meet Sivutsa Stars in Phuthaditjhaba, Free State, while Vardos FC take on United FC in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni.

Black Leopards face Blackburn Rovers at Giyani Stadium in Limpopo. And on Sunday, AmaZulu face Ajax Cape Town in Durban and Roses United tackle Bay United in Botshabelo location, Free State.

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