Pirates out to pile more misery on Polokwane

2013-09-18 12:17

Will it be five out of five for Polokwane City? This is the big question for the PSL newcomers after losing their opening four league fixtures, which resulted in their coach, Duncan Lechesa, throwing in the towel and leaving the club this week.

The coachless City visit Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium this evening hoping to reverse their fortunes.

City have bolstered their squad with experienced players like former Jomo Cosmos hard man Thapelo Tshilu and former AmaZulu midfielder Kagiso Senamela in an attempt to arrest their losing streak.

The fact that Pirates’ focus is on Sunday’s do-or-die CAF Champions League clash with Egyptian side Al Ahly could work in City’s favour, although it is not a guarantee for points.

Pirates lost the only league game they’ve played thus far, going down 1-0 to AmaZulu.

The biggest challenge for Pirates coach Roger de Sa is whether to send in his best men or rest them for Sunday’s game. Pirates also have a massive MTN8 semifinal clash with rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday, which De Sa must keep in mind.

He might be tempted to rotate his squad with the likes of Kermit Eramus, who is not registered for CAF competition, and Andile Jali, Thabo Matlaba and Happy Jele, who were all suspended for last week’s loss to AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville.

Tonight’s fixtures: Golden Arrows vs Free State Stars (King Zwelithini, 6pm); Platinum Stars vs University of Pretoria (Royal Bafokeng, 7:30pm); Maritzburg United vs Mpumalanga Black Aces (Harry Gwala, 7:30pm); SuperSport United vs Moroka Swallows (Lucas Moripe Stadium, 7:30pm)

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